Aston Villa will complete the signing of Louie Barry from Barcelona on Monday or Tuesday after agreeing with a deal with the Spanish club.
Villa are expected to be busy this month, with a goalkeeper and striker top of their agenda after Tom Heaton and Wesley suffered long-term injuries.
It seems they are still focusing on their long-term future, though, and could complete a deal for Barry early next week.
Mundo Deportivo report that Barcelona and Aston Villa have agreed on a €1.5m deal for the forward, who arrived at the Nou Camp from West Brom for €900,000 last summer.
They report that the deal will be done regardless of the pending decision from the UEFA Committee on Youth and Amateur Football.
The committee was called in by West Brom after Barry’s move to Barça, with them believing they were owed €200,000 as compensation for training the youngster.
Barcelona argued against this as Barry was still at school and hasn’t signed a professional deal, meaning, as they have it, the Baggies were not eligible for compensation.
The La Liga champions have now decided to sell the player to Aston Villa after he failed to convince the club, and, as a result, Mundo suggest it could be Villa who end up paying the compensation instead.