Ireland Under-16 cap Louie Barry completes move to Barcelona
Ireland U16 cap Louie Barry has completed his dream move to Barcelona from West Brom.
But it's expected that the highly-rated teenager will not don the green short again and has already committed his international future to his native England.
Barry (16) has been the subject of intense interest over the summer after he rejected the offer of a new contract from WBA, a number of European sides keen on the forward, and today Barca confirmed that they had secured his signature, on a three year deal.
"The player, who has signed for three seasons, has passed the relevant medical tests for FC Barcelona medical services. The signing of the contract was attended by Silvio Elías, manager responsible for professional training football, and José Mari Bakero, responsible for professional training football," Barca said.
Eligible for the Republic via an Irish grandparent, Barry was first called into the Ireland set up in February 2018 when he was named in an U15 squad by boss Jason Donoghue and he made his Irish debut in a 2-0 win for the U15s over Cyprus in March 2018, in Dundalk.
He scored twice in a 4-2 win away to Bulgaria in September 2018. "Louie Barry was electric. His pace caused Bulgaria plenty of problems," U16 boss Paul Osam said after that game.
But his last involvement with Ireland was at the U16 Victory Shield in November last year and he subsequently played for England, impressing in a 2-2 draw for their U16s against Brazil in February, and FAI staff expect the teen to stick with England.