Barcelona president Joan Laporta said the Spanish champions had received an "stratospheric" offer for Samuel Eto'o, with Manchester City reportedly lining up to buy the Cameroon striker.
Eto'o, who scored 34 goals in helping to lead Barcelona to league, domestic cup and Champions League trophies, is out of contract at the end of the season, when the 28-year-old forward can leave the team for free.
"There's a stratospheric offer from another team that could convert him into the highest paid player in the world," Laporta said Sunday. "I think Eto'o wants to stay and I would like that."
Laporta said Valencia striker David Villa, who has been linked with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United, would be compatible with the Catalan club's system if Eto'o goes.
Laporta also said the club was on the verge of formalizing the signing of Brazilian player Keirrison, and that the club was interested in France forward Franck Ribery, who plays for Bayern Munich.
"We like him a lot and Bayern knows that," Laporta said. "We know that Madrid likes him, too, but (Franz) Beckenbauer doesn't want to sell him. If he changes his mind, he knows we're interested."