Mixed news for Roma over duo

De Rossi’s contract negotiations have stalled following Roma’s

failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League. The

midfielder has been linked with a move to Manchester United. De

Rossi, who has been with his beloved Roma his entire career, is yet

to put pen to paper on an extension proposal but Sabatini is

confident the matter will be resolved. “We won’t weaken the team by

selling De Rossi,” Sabatini told Sky Sports Italia. “He told me he

wants to stay and we’ll find an agreement.” Meanwhile, Blackburn

target Vucinic’s future looks to be away from the Stadio Olympico,

despite the club wishing to hold on to his services. The Montenegro

international fell out of favour at the club last season and,

despite Luis Enrique taking charge of first-team affairs, the

27-year-old is seeking a move. Sabatini added: “Vucinic has asked

me to be transferred, but the club would like to keep him.” Roma

are expected to tie up the signing of Sporting Gijon left-back Jose

Angel next week, with the 21-year-old set to snub Barcelona for the

opportunity to work with compatriot Enrique. The Italians are also

hoping to add Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to their ranks

as a replacement for Artur, who last month joined Benfica. Sabatini

said: “We are close to the objective that we set. We’ll close on

Monday for Jose Angel. In the next week we will try again for

Stekelenburg.”