Britain's wealthiest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, has hinted that he is interested in taking over another football club but refused to comment specifically on Chelsea.
Reports in June suggested that billionaire Ratcliffe, a Chelsea season-ticket holder, had offered £2billion to buy the west London club.
Chelsea's Russian owner Roman Abramovich rejected the offer but rumours of a potential takeover by the founder of chemicals firm Ineos persist.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe (left) has not ruled out a takeover bid for another football club but refused to comment specifically on links to taking over at Chelsea
Ratcliffe, owner of Petrochemicals firm Ineos, is Britain's wealthiest man with a fortune estimated at £21bn by this year's Sunday Times Rich List
Ratcliffe told The Daily Telegraph: 'There are always things going on at Ineos but I can't really comment.'
But he added that football was a 'lifelong passion' and pointed out that he already owned Swiss club Lausanne-Sport, describing that project as 'a dipping your toes in the water sort of thing.'
Ratcliffe, 65, added he believed Abramovich was 'on his way out' of Chelsea for one reason or another.