Il Messaggero says Roma sports chief Walter Sabatini has spent much of the summer trying to offload the Italy international.
De Rossi has even been offered up for loan by Roma and while a Premier League club expressed interest last week, terms could not be agreed over a fee for the midfielder.
Meanwhile, De Rossi has spoken to close pals about transforming himself into a centre-half.
The veteran has featured at the back for club and country and feels he can lengthen his career by taking up the new position.
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