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Villa confirm Barry signing from Barcelona

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Deal for highly-rated striker subject to international clearance

Last Updated: 23/01/20 4:07pm

Louie Barry joined Barcelona from West Brom in July Louie Barry joined Barcelona from West Brom in July

Louie Barry joined Barcelona from West Brom in July

Aston Villa have signed 16-year-old striker Louie Barry from Barcelona – just six months after he joined the Spanish club.

Barry left West Brom to join Barca in July, turning down lucrative offers from a host of top European clubs – including a £2m deal with Paris Saint-Germain.

Sky Sports News reported earlier this month that the teenager was close to leaving Barcelona to return to England.

Now that the deal is complete, subject to international clearance, Barry will go straight into the academy set-up at Villa.

Villa’s academy manager Mark Harrison told VillaTV: “It (Louie’s signing) sends a powerful message about the ambition of this football club.

“We’re delighted – Louie is a local person and his family are all Villa fans, as is Louie.

“He is still a very young man but as he’s developed, he’s always been one player that you always recognise as having outstanding attributes. He’s got a fantastic mentality, he’s desperate to do well for this football club.

“He’s really driven, he’s got great family support, but in terms of what he can achieve, we firmly believe that he can be an outstanding number nine for this football club.”

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