Barcelona president Sandro Rosell set to resign

Sandro Rosell is set to leave Barcelona. Photo: PA

Barcelona have called an extraordinary board meeting for Thursday evening amid reports club president Sandro Rosell is preparing to stand down should he not receive internal backing over a transfer lawsuit involving Neymar.

Spanish national court judge Pablo Ruz this week accepted a lawsuit that alleges Rosell misappropriated funds from the signing of striker Neymar from Santos last June.

Barcelona club member Jordi Cases has alleged that the amount paid was more than the 57 million euro (£48.6m) fee reported at the time.

According to a report published in Spanish newspaper Marca on Thursday, Rosell will meet with his deputies to seek assurances over his future at the Nou Camp.

If they are not forthcoming, he could announce his resignation and make way for Josep Maria Bartomeu, who would convene early elections to appoint a new president.

A statement published on Barcelona's official website read: "This afternoon from 1700 BST there will be an extraordinary meeting of the board of directors of FC Barcelona."