"Today, Thursday January 23, at 18:00, there will be an extraordinary board meeting at the club offices," Barcelona said in a statement without elaborating.

Catalan sports daily Mundo Deportivo said in its online edition that Rosell had decided to resign and would announce his departure later in the day.

The paper, without giving a source, said Rosell would leave Barcelona in the hands of vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu until the end of his mandate in 2016.