West Brom are set to approach FIFA this week to urge the football governing body to act against FC Barcelona to receive unpaid compensation for former academy player Louie Barry.
The Daily Mail report that the Baggies are yet to receive a penny from the European giants for the sale of Barry last summer, with the 16-year-old attacker since moving to Aston Villa this month for a reported transfer fee of £880,000 according to BBC Sport, with the fee potentially rising to £3m.
West Brom were due a fixed compensation fee following Barry’s move to Barcelona in 2019, with the Baggies set to recoup £130,000 for the England youth international, but the reigning La Liga champions have yet to pay up despite the Albion alerting FIFA about the situation in December.
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And Barry’s return to England has only angered West Brom’s stance in this situation, hence this latest move from the club to take the matter to the highest governing body in football, with the saga escalating after the teenager joined the Albion’s most hated rivals this transfer window.
West Brom will be hoping the problem which has taken a prolonged period of time can be cleared up quickly with the Hawthorn’s-based club now approaching nearly six months without Barcelona paying any form of compensation to the club for Barry’s transfer to the Catalonian giants.
The Baggies won’t have to worry about another European club failing to pay for one of their youngsters this month, though, with Crystal Palace signing Nathan Ferguson on Deadline Day for a reported fee of £10m despite the teenager having six-months remaining on his current deal with West Brom as reported by BBC Sport.