Chelsea have reportedly held talks with three groups over a stunning takeover, worth £2.5bn.
Roman Abramovich has been tipped to sell up this summer after being denied a visa in May last year.
The Russian is not believed to have attended any matches in that time, although chairman Bruce Buck insists he remains committed to the club.
The Mail on Sunday reports Chelsea have held talks with three interested parties, including US and Asian-based groups.
Chelsea season ticket-holder and Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe is believed to retain an interest.
Ratcliffe's valuation is said to be considerably less than the valuation set by Abramovich.