From the Financial Times this morning:
Skype, the European internet telephony provider, on Thursday played down talk of an imminent takeover, declining to comment on a report that Ebay had joined the list of potential suitors with an offer valued at up to $5bn. Ebay on Thursday declined to comment on a report in the New York Post that it offered to buy Skype.
Early last month, a rumour circulated that News Corp was considering buying it for $3bn and on Monday, Hutchison, the telecommunications group, denied a report it was about to buy a 5 per cent stake in Skype. However, Hutchison is affiliated with TOM Online, the Chinese internet and wireless communications group, that on Monday announced a partnership with Skype.
Microsoft is also reported to be interested in the company.
The New York post story includes this comment:
A source said Skype has been in exclusive negotiations with eBay for some time, but the agreement expires in the next few days.