Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is facing a potential takeover offer. A group of up to eight international investors is mulling a bid for British Premier League club FC Chelsea, one of the investors has told Reuters.

Holger Heims, a German investment manager at Falcon Equity, said in an interview that he and a group of six to seven other investors from Europe, the Middle East and Asia were preparing a takeover offer for the club.

So far there had not been any talks with Abramovich, Heims said.

"We have no intention of launching a hostile takeover. This is only possible as a friendly deal," Heims said.

Sulaiman al-Fahim, board member of Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment, which last year bought British club Manchester City, was also part of the group, Heims said.