The reports swirled around this morning that the Giallorossi were prepared to listen to a £23m offer from Roberto Mancini’s club.
However, in today’s Press conference Sabatini clarified his position.
“I said that, but I didn’t say De Rossi was for sale,” assured the director of sport.
“De Rossi is a leader for us and therefore we never considered selling De Rossi, naturally.
“I merely pointed out that in all of football, not just De Rossi or our particular situation, when a crazy offer comes in then we will listen and evaluate.
“But we are not looking for anyone to buy De Rossi, because he is extraordinarily important for us, a player who is irreplaceable and so it would be difficult to even look at an ‘indecent proposal.’”
Sabatini was specifically asked where the crazy offer would be on the scale considering Fiorentina stated Stevan Jovetic is worth at least €30m and Napoli claimed Edinson Cavani was worth at least €100m.
“The figure for De Rossi is higher than these you just named. Thank you.”