Roma administrator Claudio Fenucci has admitted that negotiations with Daniele De Rossi haven’t been easy, as Tottenham and Manchester City rumours continue to circle the star.
De Rossi’s contract runs out with Roma at the end of next season, and should the club be unable to do a deal with the 28-year-old, he could leave for free in just nine months.
And both Tottenham and Manchester City have shown interest in De Rossi’s services, but Fenucci insists a deal is close.
"It's not an easy negotiation. It's an important deal and we have been discussing it over the summer,” he said.
“We have been able to define certain issues but, regarding the fixed amount [wages], there is still some distance.
"In any case, the will is there to reduce that difference in order to reach an agreement. Time is needed. Daniele is a great player, an excellent professional and this has been recognised.
"The club has an economic project. It has a revenue that is half of what the other three big [Serie A] clubs have and it has to work towards increasing the income."
City and Tottenham will be watching the situation closely, and could enter into a transfer tug-of-war in January if a deal can’t be worked out with Roma.
While Tottenham are hoping to continue to bolster their squad in January to challenge for a Champions League place, City are on the lookout for even more depth in their midfield as they aim to win the trophy within just a few years of getting new billionaire owners.