According to BBC sports editor Mihir Bose, Chelsea's decision to look more closely at Hughes, Mancini and Scolari "follows a reappraisal by the powers-that-be at Stamford Bridge as to what they feel the new manager needs to do for the club."
He added: "The view is Chelsea need to use the appointment to make the club feel popular, if not loved, not merely by their fans but by the public."
Blackburn manager Hughes has impressed during his three-and-a-half year spell at Ewood Park, guiding Rovers to seventh in the Premier League last season.
Earlier this year, the former Chelsea striker was one of the front-runners to succeed Sam Allardyce as Newcastle manager before Kevin Keegan took the job.
Portugal manager Scolari is also reportedly wanted by Manchester City to replace Eriksson.
Former France captain Deschamps, 39, was a member of Chelsea's FA Cup-winning side of 2000.
Didier Deschamps claims he is in the frame to take over at Chelsea
As a coach, he led Monaco to the 2004 Champions League final and then took Juventus back into Italy's Serie A.
Deschamps, who has been waiting to return to football having taken a break from the game a year ago, told Monaco-based radio station RMC: "Three or four managers are on the list and I am one of them. It would be hard to refuse Chelsea."
Rijkaard was thought to be one of the leading candidates as he has recently left his post as Barcelona coach, while Eriksson's position as Manchester City manager is vulnerable.
Hiddink, 61, only has a verbal agreement to remain in charge of Russian national team beyond the Euro 2008 finals but his agent Cees Van Nieuwenhuizen says he will stay on.
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