Lionel Messi was reportedly offered ‘everything money could buy’ by Paris Saint-Germain to reunite him with Neymar.
The 34-year-old is currently a free agent after his contract at Barcelona expired on July 1.
But it is understood that the Argentina international has agreed a new five-year deal at the Nou Camp, with the official announcement expected imminently.
The news will come as a blow to Brazilian forward Neymar, who has been keen to play alongside the six-time Ballon d’Or winner again.
Neymar – who was recently snapped with Messi in Ibiza – spent four seasons in Catalonia, where he won the LaLiga title twice and Champions League once.
And according to TNT Sports and Radio Italia journalist, Marcelo Bechler, Les Parisiens tried in vain to bring Messi to Parc des Princes.
He tweeted: “PSG was very confident and wanted Messi very much.
“They offered him everything money could buy. Neymar really wanted to play with his idol again.
“Messi wants to stay in the club of his life.”
It has been claimed that Messi’s wages could be cut by up to 80 per cent with Barca struggling financially due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Commenting on Messi’s future earlier this week, Blaugrana president Joan Laporta said: “We are doing what we can.
“It is not completely resolved yet but it is progressing well and in the line that we have all thought.
“We will do everything possible within the possibilities of the club so that Messi continues.
“We have many possibilities because we have a player who wants to continue.”