Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is getting closer to leaving Chelsea and moving on to another team on a loan deal.
The 33-year-old, who joined Chelsea from Barcelona last summer but has struggled to make an impression, is poised to sign with MLS team Los Angeles FC after being cut from Chelsea’s Champions League roster due to an influx of new arrivals.
Seven months after leaving Arsenal to join Barcelona, Aubameyang only signed a two-year deal to join Stamford Bridge.
In order to pay off the high salaries of the Gabonese striker, Chelsea reportedly decided to loan Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after making a number of fresh signings in January.
According to the report, only a few minor elements need to be worked out before the deal can be finalized, and Aubameyang must still agree to join the Major League Soccer team.
Thomas Tuchel, the former head coach of Borussia Dortmund, was fired by Chelsea less than a week after he agreed to move to west London to work with the club once more.
Le10 Sport reports that Chelsea and LAFC have finally reached an agreement about a loan deal, which will allow the Blues to save money by unloading Aubameyang’s £7.9 million-per-year wage.
Gareth Bale was a target for LAFC up until his recent retirement, and they see Aubameyang as a worthy successor.
The fact that Aubameyang has already played for two clubs this season, the maximum that FIFA will permit, has reduced his possibilities.
The 2023 MLS season, which starts this month, is not considered a part of the current one according to the calendar, allowing LAFC to go ahead.
Graham Potter, the manager of Chelsea, is pleased to let Aubameyang leave after signing forwards Joao Felix, David Datro Fofana, Mykhaylo Mudryk, and Noni Madueke in January.
After informing Aubameyang he was not included on Chelsea’s Champions League roster last Friday, Potter said in a statement: “Pierre is a professional, and of course, I realize he will be frustrated.”
It was a difficult choice to make. Two had to go because we had three coming in. He has done nothing wrong; he was the one who lost out.”
Potter added, “Everything is up for grabs. Football changes quickly, so he needs to keep working, train like he did today, and be prepared to play.
That is how the game is designed. There would always be discussion over whatever choice we made, but it was my choice. It was a difficult decision.
You occasionally have to make these calls, but there is nothing at all wrong with him. He has done absolutely nothing wrong. He handled it quite well and trained beautifully today, as I would anticipate. For us, he’s been a fantastic man.”
In 17 appearances since signing for Chelsea in a £10.3 million trade last September, Aubameyang has only scored three goals.