Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has become Serie A's highest paid Italian player following his contract extension with the Giallorossi, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports.
The Italy international inked a new deal with the Stadio Olimpico outfit until June 2017 earlier this week, and will earn 6.5 million euros under the terms of the agreement.
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who was the previous highest paid Italian in Serie A, currently is on an annual salary of 6m euros at the Bianconeri.
De Rossi is not the Italian league's top earner yet following his recent pay rise as AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic earns 9m euros per year plus 3m euros in bonuses.
Inter playmaker Wesley Sneijder is believed to be on 6m euros per annum.
The 28-year-old De Rossi allegedly held talks with Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Anzhi Makhachkala in the past few weeks, but turned down the chance to earn 10m euros per year abroad.