Argentine legend Diego Maradona has a word of advice for his former club Napoli, who are on the verge of finishing as runners-up in Serie A this season.
Maradona believes it would be wise for the Italian side to cash in on his compatriot Gonzalo Higuain, who has been sensational in 2015-16.
ESPN quoted the former Argentine ace saying: “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.”
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He cites the example of Ezequiel Lavezzi, also a former Napoli player, as the ideal way forward.
“We saw it also with Lavezzi. They need new faces and they need to sell Higuain for as much money as possible.”
However, he also suggests one name as a potential replacement for the South American and he has been a revelation in the Premier League.
"Instead of Higuain, I would go for [Harry] Kane of Tottenham."
He insists the reason for Napoli failing to close the gap on champions Juventus is due to the lack of quality players that are at par with the Turin-based outfit.
“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.”
The San Paolo-based side spent lavishly on Higuain when he left Real Madrid to move to Italy and apart from his commendable performances, none have been able to match his credentials in the last three years.
Napoli are destined for Champions League football next season having missed out on the opportunity this time around after losing in the qualifying rounds.
Asked if Maradona still has close ties with the club where he spent seven seasons, the answer was quite forthright.
The 55-year-old replied: “I’m not friends with De Laurentiis [club president] or any other boss. I just want what’s best for everybody, and everybody wanted more this year, but [coach Maurizio] Sarri didn’t have the players that [Massimiliano] Allegri had.”
“I think De Laurentiis is going to make money on Higuain.”
Gonzalo Higuain has been the talisman for Gli Azzurri this term, becoming the leading goal-scorer in Serie A, ahead Paulo Dybala of Juventus, scoring 30 goals in 32 league appearances, as per BBC Sport.
Kane, likewise, after a breakthrough season for Spurs in 2014-15, followed it up with a scintillating year for the north Londoners, amassing 24 goals so far this term.
Napoli need players of world class calibre to excel in Europe as well as domestically in 2016-17 and thereby could contemplate on offloading the 28-year-old with Premier League a viable option of the former Real Madrid forward.
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