Roman Abramovich has reportedly been in Turkey to discuss the sale of Chelsea to Turkish billionaire Muhsin Bayrak.

The Russian is desperate to find a buyer after being forced to cut ties with the club in the wake of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine last week.

It’s understood that Abramovich is looking for bids of around £3 billion, but the hurried nature of the sale means he’ll probably struggle to get that much.

A number of potential buyers have announced their interest, including Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss and American tycoon Todd Boehly who have planned a joint-bid.

But Bayrak has emerged as the latest frontrunner after claiming “the Turkish flag will fly in London” earlier this week.

Abramovich, who is waiving £1.5 billion worth of debt the club owes him, appears to want to ensure Chelsea falls into the right hands, and has spent the last few days speaking with the prospective buyers.