CHELSEA is preparing for life after Eden Hazard and, according to reports, has sent scouts to watch João Félix, Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Dias in the Lisbon Wednesday derby.
But Benfica recently beat a staggering £ 105 million price tag on Felix, who had a decisive season.
Hazard was reported to be approaching the exit of his Stamford Bridge with Real Madrid willing to rip 100 million pounds on his main transfer target in the summer.
The 28-year-old Belgian recently fueled the speculation by saying that he "made a decision" about his future.
The coach of the Blues Maurizio Sarri has even admitted that he will have to leave his ace while the striker has failed to sign the offer of an extension of the contract of Chelsea that last year put on the table.
And the Portuguese newspaper Jogo reported that the club is increasing the search for Hazard's substitute and sent scouts to watch the Lisbon derby on Wednesday, won by Benfica 2-1.
However, the Blues had to see Felix and Dias del Benfica, as did Sporting Fernandes – who scored a consolation goal for Lions in the derby.
The fantasist Felix, 19, has become a hot property on the transfer market after his decisive season.
He scored seven goals in the current campaign, including five in the last seven appearances, becoming the youngest player to make a goal in a Lisbon derby when he racked one against Sporting in August.
His performances have even brought him comparisons with Real Madrid and Sporting, the legend Cristiano Ronaldo.
Felix also said that playing alongside Ronaldo is his "dream", alluding to a move in Italy with Juventus who would participate in the mix for his signature.
But potential claimants will have to plunge into their pockets while Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has warned that the midfielder has a £ 105 million release clause and a contract that binds him to 2023.