Microsoft have begun discussions with various investment funds to contribute to repurchase Yahoo !, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The talks are in their infancy, the source of Reuters. Microsoft would not comment on the news.
Yahoo! wants to divest its Internet activities, including the search tool, email and news sites. In recent years, Yahoo is losing ground to its competitors, including Google and Facebook in the battle for online ads.
Last December, the Verizon telecom giant had expressed interest to get their hands on Yahoo!
Microsoft had tried to buy Yahoo! in 2008 for the sum of US $ 45 billion, but the offer as too low had been rejected.