Chelsea have held talks with three interested parties over the potential £2.5billion sale of the club.

They are believed to have included US and Asian-based finance groups, while Britain’s richest man Jim Ratcliffe has also expressed an interest, as first revealed by the Daily Mail last year.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck recently insisted owner Roman Abramovich was committed to the London club despite stopping attending games.

But The Mail on Sunday have learned that Chelsea officials have held what have been described as ‘exploratory talks’ with the three parties in recent weeks.

Abramovich is not believed to have attended any Chelsea games since being denied a visa in May 2018. The 53-year-old Russian billionaire subsequently sought Israeli citizenship, moving to Tel Aviv.