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 By Ben Gladwell

Napoli should sell Gonzalo Higuain, buy Harry Kane - Diego Maradona

Napoli legend Diego Maradona has said the club should sell striker Gonzalo Higuain and buy Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane as his replacement.

Higuain, 28, has been in outstanding form for second-placed Napoli this season, scoring 30 Serie A goals in 32 appearances.

But former Argentina international 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.

Harry Kane has been vital for Tottenham this season.

Napoli conceded the title to Juventus on Monday after their 1-0 defeat at Roma handed the Turin club their fifth straight Serie A championship, and Maradona believes the Bianconeri are better equipped to bounce back from setbacks.

He said: "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.

"I'm not friends with De Laurentiis 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 [Juve coach Massimiliano] Allegri had. I think De Laurentiis is going to make money on Higuain."

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.


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