Barcelona sign 16-year-old English starlet Louie Barry

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Barcelona sign 16-year-old English starlet Louie Barry
Barcelona sign 16-year-old English starlet Louie Barry

Barcelona have announced the signing of highly rated English teenager Louie Barry from West Bromwich Albion.

The 16-year-old turned down a professional contract with the Midlands club and was also on the radar of Paris Saint-Germain.

Camp Nou giants Braca confirmed that Barry, who celebrated his birthday in June, had put pen to paper after passing a medical.

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Birmingham-born Barry ,who can play as a striker or on the right wing, has starred for England at youth level, scoring 10 goals in five games for the Under-15s at a tournament in Italy.

Barry had been with the Baggies since the age of six and was tipped to make the breakthrough for the Championship side.

However, the youngster opted to join the Catalan club on a three-year deal where he is expected to play in the under-19 side at La Masia.

West Brom are set to receive £235,000 in compensation.

Earlier this summer, the club lost academy manager Mark Harrison, one of Barry's mentors, to rivals Aston Villa.

Barcelona have already signed Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong and Valencia goalkeeper Neto this summer and are reportedly looking at Antione Griezmann and former forward Neymar.

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