MLS Cup winners Los Angeles FC have opened talks for Chelsea’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following his Champions League squad snub.
- Aubameyang expelled from Chelsea squad
- LAFC in talks for striker
- Only signed for Les Bleus last summer
WHAT HAPPENED? Current MLS Cup winners Los Angeles FC have expressed interest in Aubameyang and are in talks over a potential deal to sign the 33-year-old, according to the Spanish outlet. Report. The news comes after the Gabon striker was confirmed to have been left out of Chelsea’s updated Champions League squad, amid an influx of new signings at Stamford Bridge.
THE BIGGEST PICTURE: The report claims that the two clubs are in talks over the transfer of Aubameyang, who would be eligible to join LAFC in MLS despite having previously played for Chelsea and Barcelona this season. The Blaugrana showed interest in taking him on for a second spell after Memphis Depay left but couldn’t do so due to RFEF regulations.
AIM understands that LAFC should probably enter into a loan agreement first, in order to reduce costs against its budget cap. The 33-year-old’s signing also features a drastic move away from a more profitable striker such as Cristian Arango, for a riskier signing. Despite needing a striker from Los Angeles, Aubameyang has managed just three goals in all competitions so far this season.
AND WHAT’S MORE: Aubameyang has started just four times for Chelsea this season and continues to play a lesser role under Graham Potter, who took over as manager from Thomas Tuchel in September last year. LAFC currently have Giorgio Chiellini in their squad and were Gareth Bale’s last club before his retirement, highlighting his ability to sign some of football’s biggest names.
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WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR AUBAMEYANG? Due to its different schedule from European football, the MLS transfer window has only just opened. LAFC therefore have plenty of time to strike a deal ahead of their season as the defending champions kick off on February 26.