Diego Maradona: Napoli should sell Gonzalo Higuain and buy Harry Kane this summer

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Diego Maradona believes Napoli will sell striker Gonzalo Higuain this summer and has told the Italian outfit to sign Tottenham’s Harry Kane as his replacement.

Argentina international Higuain has been in fine form this campaign and attracted considerable interest from Europe’s elite sides as a result, scoring 30 goals in 32 league games.

And Maradona believes he could be on his way out of the Stadio San Paolo this summer after trying his damnedest - but ultimately failing - to secure the Scudetto title for Napoli.


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The 28-year-old would likely command a transfer fee upwards of £40 million, yet that wouldn’t put off the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, who are all on the lookout for a world-class finisher.

And using the money made by Higuain’s sale, Maradona insists Kane should be brought to Serie A.

He told Piuenne TV, per the Daily Mail: “I know Aurelio De Laurentiis (Napoli president), and I think he will sell Higuain.

“Higuain gave his best to Napoli, I don’t think we can repeat this kind of form.

“We already saw it happening with Ezequiel Lavezzi. With the money he will earn, he will have to build a great team.

“It’s not easy to replace Higuain, if it was up to me, I would chose Tottenham’s Harry Kane. I don’t know how much he costs, but I would sign him.”

Kane has enjoyed a similarly emphatic season in the Premier League, scoring 24 league goals and spearheading Spurs’ charge for the title.

Their chances appear all-but-over, though, with Leicester City currently seven points clear at the top with three games remaining. A win over Manchester United on Sunday would see the Foxes claim a historic title.

Napoli would face competition for Kane’s signature, with United and Real Madrid also interested in the £50 million-rated striker.

Tottenham will do all they can to keep him with Champions League football on the horizon and are reportedly planning to do so by increasing his wages to £70,000-per-week.

Where Higuain is concerned, a potential departure would see a number of Premier League club’s come calling following a season of mediocrity for many of England’s elite.

United have relied upon the 18-year-old Marcus Rashford to score their goals, Chelsea’s Diego Costa has struggled to replicate last season’s form and Olivier Giroud has failed to find the net for Arsenal since January.

Higuain has long been linked with a move to England’s top-flight, and there’s little doubt he would cause chaos amongst the league’s defences with his movement and unerring ability to find the target from wherever he decides to shoot.

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