Barcelona have treated West Brom with “arrogance and contempt” over the unpaid compensation fee for Louie Barry.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively about the £235,000 Barca still owe for the 17-year-old striker.
As per their most recent set of accounts, Barcelona are in debt to the tune of over £1billion and owe a staggering £284million in outstanding transfer fees.
Barry signed for Barca from West Brom in 2019 and, as per FIFA regulations, Albion were entitled to a £235,000 compensation fee.
But this fee remains unpaid, even after Barry joined Aston Villa last January in a deal worth £880,000 potentially rising to £3m.
Maguire blasted the Catalans for their conduct, claiming that their financial problems are no excuse.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “It doesn’t reflect at all well on management there.
“This shows the arrogance and contempt which Barcelona have for a club which, as far as they are concerned, is not part of their profile.
“They don’t consider them to be part of their peer group and they have treated them in a very poor manner.
“They have benefited from Louie Barry in terms of his progress at the club which has allowed them to charge a premium for him.
“West Brom had to wait too long to begin with, and this just compounds that. Do Barcelona have financial problems? Yes, but so does everybody else.”
Barry will face West Brom in the FA Youth Cup semi-final on 15 May.
He made his senior debut against Liverpool in the FA Cup in January, scoring a famous goal in a 4-1 defeat.