Reported Arsenal and Tottenham target in shock €10m Qatar switch

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Abdelaziz Barrada was linked with North London in May; but he will be playing for Al Rayyan next season instead.

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with plenty of the same players this summer and in May one such player was Getafe attacking midfielder Abdelaziz Barrada.

The Moroccan international had an excellent campaign at the Madrid side last season and with all the attributes to be a success in the Premier League understandably interest was always likely from North London’s most successful duo; much like that reported in his compatriot Younes Belhanda.

And just like Belhanda he has now moved on to a team you would never have guessed had a chance of signing him.

In May it looked as though he was on his way to Russia. Lokomotiv Moscow had been installed as the new favourites in his pursuit.

The North London interest in the player may have been nothing more than mere tabloid fodder but if there was genuine interest they can now forget about it; as Barrada has moved on.

But not to Lokomotiv, no, he has chosen a fate even more unexpected.

The 24-year-old French born creator will be playing his football in Qatar next season.

While most of the big names heading out to play in the Middle East in recent years have been washed up old pros looking for one last big pay-day and life in the sun the sheer volume of cash on offer out there makes it an enviable destination for anyone.

Barrada has signed a deal with Al-Rayyan; one of the biggest clubs in the country.

He joins names such as Brazilian international Nilmar, Alvaro Fernandez of the Uruguayan national team and Mohammed Salah; the Qatari not Egyptian FC Basel player.

Getafe club president Angel Torres announced the news yesterday and despite the fact he had a release clause in his contract worth £17 million the club have snapped him up for the decreased fee of €10 million.

He is the second player to leave Getafe for the region this week after left-back Mane joined Maccabi Tel-Aviv on a two-year deal.

Spurs and Arsenal will move on but it is another move that highlights the increased global competition in the transfer market; and if regulations on foreign players were to ever become more lax in these areas you can be sure a litany of big names would be on their way to join Barrada, Nilmar, Diego Tardelli and Raul; just for the cash and lifestyle.

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