CHELSEA have reportedly eyed Watford star Roberto Pereyra as the ideal replacement for Eden Hazard, who looks likely to move to Real Madrid
The Blues have been in fine form this season, going unbeaten in the Premier League under new boss Maurizio Sarri.
The Italian has replaced Antonio Conte’s defensive 3-4-3 system with a possession-based 4-3-3 style.
It has allowed the attacking players at Chelsea to flourish but one star has seen a dramatic increase in his form.
Hazard has been the best player in the league so far after scoring seven goals and completing three assists.
And the attention of Real Madrid are only increasing after a failed summer pursuit.
The Belgian has admitted that the Spanish giants are his dream club and several reports have indicated that Los Blancos have a plan in place to land the attacker.
With his contract expiring in 2020, Chelsea will be forced into a decision – but they have a list of replacements in mind, with a shock star rising to the top.
Watford ace Pereyra has been identified as the man to fill the 27-year-old’s boots if he makes the move to the Bernabeu, according to the Express.
The Argentinean arrived at Vicarage Road from Juventus in 2016 but part of the agreement was that he could use the Premier League outfit as a stepping stone should a big club become interested.
And Chelsea are ready to be that club, if Hazard does leave London for Madrid.
Meanwhile, Sarri has hinted that he is not looking to make any signings in January.
“I didn’t ask anything about it to my club at the moment because at the moment I think we can stay with these players and be competitive,” Sarri said.
“Maybe not for the top but we have to try to arrive close to the top.
“I have to think I only have to help these players to improve.
“It is too easy to go into the market for every problem. I think we need to improve and we need to improve with these players because they can improve.
“I have to think to improve my players. It is my work, I think. The market, there is the club. I can say to the club my opinion about what I think I need but my job is to try to improve my players.”