SunSport admits that Abramovich has approached a group of American financiers who were previously interested in sports ownership deals to see if they could eliminate the real bidders.
The news comes as Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss claimed that he had already been approached by Abramovich.
Wyss, an 86-year-old businessman who now lives in Wyoming in the United States, told the Blick newspaper, “Abramovich is one of Vladimir Putin’s closest advisers and friends.
“Like all other oligarchs, he is also in a panic.
“Abramovich is trying to sell all his villas in England. He also wants to get rid of Chelsea quickly.
“I and three other people received an offer on Tuesday to buy Chelsea from Abramovich.”
Wyss added, “I have to wait four to five days now. Abramovich is currently asking for way too much. You know, Chelsea owes him 2 billion euros.
“But Chelsea has no money. This means that whoever buys Chelsea should compensate Abramovich.
“To date, we do not know the exact sale price.
“I can imagine myself starting at Chelsea with partners. But first I have to look at the general conditions.
“What I can already say is this: I am certainly not doing something like this on my own. If I buy Chelsea, it would be with a consortium of six to seven investors.
The club declined to comment on the development, but it appears that Abramovich is now looking to cash in his Chelsea chips.
Labour MP Chris Bryant told the Commons that Abramovich was also trying to sell his London mansion for €182 million, suggesting that he wanted to liquidate all his UK assets before any sanctions.
Abramovich has lent Chelsea €1.9 billion through the Fordstam holding company, although he has shown no signs of demanding repayment while previous offers of up to €2.2 billion were rejected out of hand.
But Abramovich now seems to be feeling the heat, aware that sanctions imposed would prevent any company from dealing with him.
Potential suitors believe the oligarch may be looking to cash in his Blues chips as the Russian-Ukrainian fallout continues to drag him down.
Chelsea and sources close to Abramovich have always denied that he has any intention of selling the club he bought in 2003.
But the scrutiny directed at the billionaire following the Russian invasion of Ukraine forced Abramovich to relinquish day-to-day control of the Blues.
And that has now encouraged potential buyers to tempt him into a cut-rate deal to recoup some of his money.
Abramovich has loaned the club €1.9 billion through the Fordstam holding company, although he has shown no signs of demanding repayment.
Previous surveys of offers up to 2.6 billion euros were rejected out of hand.
Wyss founded medical device maker Synthes USA in 1977 and sold the company to Johnson & Johnson for €15.6 billion in 2012.
He has been dubbed one of the most philanthropic.