Aubameyang may join LAFC to replace Gareth Bale
Amid increasing uncertainty over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future at Chelsea, a move to Major League Soccer could be in the cards. The 33-year-old striker was recently left out of Chelsea’s Champions League squad by coach Graham Potter. This comes after Chelsea owner Todd Boehly invested $400 million in new players during the January transfer window, causing Aubameyang to fall down the pecking order.
Spanish sports website Relevo reports that MLS champions LAFC may sign Aubameyang. With the European transfer window closed, Aubameyang faces the choice of either joining MLS or limited playing time at Chelsea.
Aubameyang has already played for two teams this season, Barcelona and Chelsea. However, MLS provides a loophole for Aubameyang to play for a third team as the 2023 MLS season is considered “an overlapping season” starting in February. According to FIFA, a player may be registered with up to three clubs during one season, and a player moving between two clubs with overlapping seasons can play for a third club during the relevant season.
Aubameyang has made 17 appearances for Chelsea this season, scoring three goals, including one in the Champions League against AC Milan in October.
Potter acknowledged the difficult decision to leave Aubameyang out of the Champions League squad but emphasized his responsibility to make such tough calls. Aubameyang has handled the situation professionally, training well and being a top player for the team, according to Potter.
LAFC begins its MLS season on February 25 against Los Angeles Galaxy in “El Traffico”. Additionally, LAFC’s success last season has earned them a spot in the 2023 CONCACAF Champions League, starting with round-of-16 ties against Alajuelense in March. Chelsea’s next game is against London rival West Ham on Saturday.
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