Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has acknowledged that the club has a preferred bidder as it seeks a new owner.
The Premier League club must finalize the takeover by the end of the month.
Tuchel is optimistic that a deal will be reached soon.
The Raine Group, the New York bank in charge of Chelsea’s sale, is thought to have given Todd Boehly’s group preferential bidder status.
They had beaten a number of other bidders, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s last-minute bid now also expected to prove unsuccessful.
“I’ve been told last week that we have a preferred bidder and things are going forward,” Tuchel said.
“It’s a pretty important week for the club, but I was fully focused on the pitch. But after what I heard last week I’m confident.”