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Mourinho set to rotate ahead of Swindon clash

Chelsea are set to make several changes for tonight’s visit to Swindon Town in the Capital One Cup third round.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Ryan Bertrand, David Luiz, Michael Essien and Juan Mata are all likely to come into the starting line-up, while Mark Schwarzer could be handed his debut for the club.

The veteran Australian goalkeeper was part of the Middlesbrough team that won the League Cup in the 2003/04 campaign.

Meanwhile, Azpilicueta has emerged as a potential transfer target for Barcelona, the Metro understands.

The La Liga champions could be forced to recruit a defender if Arsenal and Liverpool target Martin Montoya moves away from the club.

Azpilicutea made forty-seven appearances in all competitions last season, but has barely featured for the Blues since Jose Mourinho returned to the club as manager.

Elsewhere, three former Blues players are among the favourites to become the new Sunderland manager, following Paolo Di Canio’s sacking on Sunday evening.

Roberto Di Matteo, who won the FA Cup and Champions League in a short spell as manager at Stamford Bridge is the currently leading the market, while Watford manager Gianfranco Zola and Gus Poyet, who is currently out of work, are also in the running.

Chelsea end slump with win over Fulham

Chelsea returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Fulham at Stamford Bridge – a result which took them, albeit momentarily to the top of the Premier League.

They ended the weekend in fourth place following wins for Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, but can reclaim top spot with three points against Spurs next time out.

The Blues had to wait until seven minutes into the second half for the breakthrough, when Brazil international Oscar fired in from close range.

Their advantage was doubled when Jon Obi Mikel grabbed his first league goal for the club six minutes from time.

Juan Mata was again absent from proceedings, but is set to play in the club’s Capital One Cup third round tie at Swindon Town on Tuesday evening.

The Spain international has barely featured under Jose Mourinho, despite clinching the teams Player of the Year in both of his seasons with the club so far.

Meanwhile, Josh McEachran has joined Championship side Watford on loan until January 2nd, according to Sky Sports.

The 20 year old spent the majority of last season with Middlesbrough, where he made thirty-eight appearances, and has also spent time at Swansea City since his last appearance for Chelsea.

Mourinho has fully fit squad for Fulham visit

Chelsea welcome local rivals Fulham to Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s late kick of in the Premier League, desperate to end their four match winless streak.

Nevertheless, the Blues are guaranteed to fire themselves into the top two, if only for the evening, with four of the five teams above them not playing until Sunday.

Manager Jose Mourinho has no injury concerns ahead of the game, but could well make changes to the side that lost to Basel on Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint Germain coach Laurent Blanc has confirmed his sides interest in signing Juan Mata, the Express understands.

The Spain international, who has started just two of Chelsea’s six games so far this season,  has been tipped to leave the club in January with Tottenham Hotspur a potential destination for the 25 year old.

However, Blanc’s words have suggested that the mega-rich Ligue 1 side will make a move when the transfer window reopens.

Elsewhere, Nathaniel Chalobah has joined Championship side Nottingham Forest until January.

Mourinho is keen for the 18 year old, who excelled during a season long spell with Watford last term, to gain further first team experience before he introduces him into the fold at Stamford Bridge.

Luiz rejected Barcelona offer

Chelsea defender David Luiz has revealed that he turned down a move to Barcelona during the recently closed transfer window, according to the Express.

The Brazil international was linked with a move to the Nou Camp all summer, and he himself has confirmed that their interest was backed up by an official approach which he in turn rejected.

Another Blues player interesting the La Liga champions is goalkeeper Thibaut Courtios, according to Talksport.

The Belgium goalkeeper, who is currently on loan for a third season with Atletico Madrid, has emerged as a target for the Catalan club, who are on the lookout for a new goalkeeper for next season.

Current number one Victor Valdes is set leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Talksport have also reported that Nathan Ake rejected the opportunity to go out on loan for this season.

The highly-regarded Dutch defender was expected to return to his homeland, where seven Chelsea players currently reside.

No less than six of the Blues squad have moved to Vitesse Arnhem, though it was PSV Eindhoven who were reportedly interested in Ake.

Finally, the Metro understands that Nathaniel Chalobah is wanted by Championship sides Wigan Athletic and Watford.

The latter took the eighteen year old for the entirety of last season, and he played thirty-eight games, helping the Hornets reach the play-offs, where they eventually lost in the final to Crystal Palace.