The England striker would command a fee greater than the £75m Everton were asking for Romelu Lukaku this summer but the Italians feel they can afford it

Maradona said: “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.”

Napoli, who eventually sold Higuain to Juventus for £78million last month, are understood to have then had an enquiry for Kane dismissed by Spurs.

The Essex-born frontman is in line for yet another new deal at White Hart Lane after his 35 goals last season for club and country.