Thursday September 29 2011
Roma edging towards De Rossi deal

Roma are reportedly preparing to reach agreement with Daniele De Rossi over a new contract as early as next week.

Il Corriere dello Sport reports that Thomas Di Benedetto's top priority as he officially begins his tenure as Roma's President this week is to secure De Rossi to a new deal.

The sticking point is understood to be wages, rather than length of the deal. The club are believed to have offered a four-year deal to the 28-year-old, and a basic wage of €4m, with bonuses tied to appearances and League position pushing that as high as €5.5m.

However, the player is pushing for negotiations to instead begin at €5.5m. De Rossi is said to be keen to renew, and enthusiastic of the new project the club are trying to implement under Luis Enrique's coaching.

The club are equally sure of agreeing a new deal, with next week's meeting set to centre on structuring the deal so that it guarantees what De Rossi is after, without hitting their budget too heavily.

The Gazzetta dello Sport's annual report on player wages across Serie A put the Giallorossi's wage bill at €76.5m gross, with Francesco Totti the highest paid player on €5.2m net, and De Rossi second on €4.6m net.