Attacker has €25 million release clause - Could Arsenal or Spurs get him for less?

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Both Arsenal and Tottenham are claimed to be interested in Moroccan midfielder Abdelaziz Barrada.

A new name has come across the radar of both Arsenal and Tottenham as they duke it out for a top four place.

Transfer priorities may be at the back of the minds for both Arsene Wenger and Andre Villas-Boas at present - but that has not stopped either club being linked with players regardless.

Portuguese newspaper A Bola is reporting that Moroccan midfielder Abdelaziz Barrada is interesting both clubs.

"Abdelaziz Barrada, Moroccan Getafe midfielder, is on the list of potential reinforcements from Tottenham, André Villas Boas, and Arsenal for next season."

Barrada plays for Getafe in La Liga, and is enjoying his most productive season to date, with three goals and seven assists to his name - For the club sitting in eighth in the division, making a surprise push for a Champions League place.

He is 23-years-old and plays in a similar position to his compatriot Younes Belhanda, who is available for transfer from Montpellier this summer.

The big stumbling block when it comes to Barrada is that he has a release clause written into his contract which stands at 25 million Euros, a figure cited by A Bola. It has elsewhere been reported at 20 million, but either way it is a fee above his market value.

So Arsenal or Spurs would have to negotiate with Getafe to accept a lower bid, with £7-8 million a more realistic price.

Spanish teams regularly lock their star players into contracts with high release clauses above their market value as a safety net, but when push comes to shove, but this only comes into play if they do not want to sell.

Getafe are fighting for a Europa League place, but are not one of Spain's rich clubs, and the chance to turn a modest profit on a player they signed on a free transfer in 2010 would be a real temptation.

Before signing for Getafe, Barrada spent three seasons at PSG, but did not make a first team appearance - turning out for the PSG B team instead.

His ascent in Spain has been impressive, he has the most assists of any of his teammates this season, makes more key passes than almost any other player, barring Pedro Leon, and is the team's most successful dribbler.

Most impressively he hit the winner over Real Madrid earlier this season in a 2-1 victory, in what was a local derby for the 'other side' based in the Spanish capital.

With Arsenal set to lose Andrei Arshavin at the end of the season, Barrada is worth considering, and could be a fit for Spurs too with Lewis Holtby's recent admission that he prefers to play in a deeper role.

But it will come down to price, and with fellow Spaniard Valencia also interested, if the player is not a priority for either club, dallying could see them both nipped to his signature.

Check out his goal against Real Madrid below...

And more of his skills and goals...

Would Barrada be a good addition for either club? Do they need him?

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