According to reports by BBC Radio 5 Live’s Guillem Balague, it was made known that Luis Suarez agreed to join Juventus.
The Uruguayan striker will move to Serie A on a free transfer if his release negotiation goes well with the Spanish giants.
The 33 year-old’s has a year to run on a contract which he signed in 2016 but if he played 60% of games during 2020-2 it wold be extended for another year.
Suarez and Messi – along with their families – are close but Messi’s decision over whether to stay at the Nou Camp will not be affected by his team-mate’s move.
Suarez’s switch to Turin will see him line up along Messi’s great rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
Suarez joined Barcelona from Liverpool for £74m in 2014 and has scored 198 goals in 283 appearances.
After moving from Anfield to Barcelona, he enjoyed huge levels of success, forming part of a devastating front three, alongside Messi and Brazil star Neymar.
The trio led Barca to a league, cup and Champions League treble in 2014-15 and the club would also win three more league titles, another three Copa del Rey trophies, two Spanish Super Cups, the Uefa Super Cup and Club World Cup during Suarez’s time there.
But he and Messi have been unable to inspire Barca to another Champions League success, meaning it is five years since they won Europe’s premier club competition.
Barcelona finished last season without a trophy after being beaten to the title by fierce rivals Real Madrid.