According to the Sunday Times, Roman Abramovich hired a US bank, Raine Group to make an estimate of Chelsea and prepare for the sale of the club from London.

The Russian billionaire plans to part with Chelsea, this is what the Sunday Times said today. The newspaper reports that Roman Abramovich has hired a US bank, Raine Group to make an estimate and is ready to sell the club for more than 2 billion pounds.

A source close to Stamford Bridge still says there is no truth in such stories. The news that Roman Abramovich sells Chelsea is not new, in June it was said that the richest man in Britain, Jim Ratcliffe, wanted to buy the "Blue".

Such stories became more frequent after the strained relations between the UK and Russia, which contributed to Roman Abramovich's visa not being renewed. The businessman was forced to circumvent the laws and take out an Israeli passport.

It remains to be seen what the future of Chelsea will be, but does not rule out the possibility of Roman Abramovich to allow the entry of a new investor and to sell part of the shares. The Bank of Rye Group a few years ago brokered a similar deal when China Media Capital for 265 million pounds bought 13% of Manchester City shares