Napoli legend Diego Maradona has said the club should sell striker Gonzalo Higuain and buy Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane as his replacement.
The 28-year-old Higuain has had a career year scoring 30 Serie A goals in 32 appearances. He has almost single handed carried Napoli to second place in the table.
But Maradona, who won two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup at Napoli, thinks club president Aurelio De Laurentiis should part ways with Higuain in the summer and target Kane, who has scored 24 Premier League goals this campaign.
“I think ‘Pipita’ [Higuain] has already done the best he can for Napoli and he’s not going to have another season like this one,” Maradona told Naples TV channel Piuenne.
“We saw it also with [Ezequiel] Lavezzi. They need new faces and they need to sell Higuain for as much money as possible. Instead of Higuain, I would go for [Harry] Kane of Tottenham.
Not sure that Kane will be available, or willing to move to Napoli, but I agree with Maradona’s premise here. Higuain’s value will never be as high as it will be this summer. A transfer fee of €70m is unreasonable, especially with the new TV deal in England that will leave the Premier League clubs awash in money.
Those funds could be reinvested in strengthening the Napoli squad by bringing in two or three top players, a squad that Maradona feels is not a strong as the champions.
“The difference is Juve knew how to resolve their problems while Napoli still haven’t worked out how to resolve theirs because when they needed to buy, they didn’t buy. Everybody knows this” said Maradona.