Chelsea reportedly eyeing Richarlison as potential replacement for Eden Hazard

Fixture In Focus banner Richard Lee

According to a recent report from the Daily Mail, Richarlison is one of a handful of names on Chelsea’s radar with Eden Hazard’s future in doubt.

What’s the word?

The report claims that Chelsea are bracing themselves for Hazard, valued at £135 million per Transfermarkt, to leave in the summer and they are beginning to turn their attention to a handful of players, including Everton’s Brazilian boy wonder.

Richarlison has been ‘followed closely’ by Chelsea, who are also considering a move for Lorenzo Insigne.

Chelsea apparently considered buying him before he decided to join Watford in the summer of 2017, and they have continued to monitor his progress throughout his time in English football.

Richarlison departure would be a dagger to Marco Silva’s ambitions

This is exactly the type of story which will fill Everton fans and Silva with dread. Richarlison has been hot and cold at times this season but his star quality is obvious.

At just 21-year-of-age dips in form and erratic moments are par for the course, and the overriding feeling is that Richarlison could blossom into a Goodison Park legend in the years to come.

With Everton already lacking strength in depth in forward positions, it’s incredibly unlikely that Silva and the rest of the club’s hierarchy will be open to the possibility of selling up.

The saving grace is that Silva and Richarlison seem to have established a positive working relationship during their respective spells at both Watford and Everton, and that could ultimately convince him to snub advances from Chelsea if they eventually come calling for his signature.