MLS side LAFC are interested in signing 33 year old Chelsea forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to Spanish sports website Relevo via Daily Mail.
LAFC is looking for a star name to join its roster after Gareth Bale’s retirement in the offseason and have identified Aubameyang as the ideal signing.
Aubameyang only joined Chelsea in September from Barcelona but has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and left out of Chelsea’s 25-man Champions League roster.
Aubameyang now faces a choice of either departing for Major League Soccer or sitting at Chelsea and not playing as much as he’d like.
Despite already playing for Barcelona and Chelsea this season, Aubameyang will still be able to play for MLS side LAFC due to a loophole in the FIFA rule.
“Players may be registered with a maximum of three clubs during one season. During this period, the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs,” FIFA says.
“As an exception to this rule, a player moving between two clubs belonging to associations with overlapping seasons (i.e. start of the season in summer/autumn as opposed to winter/spring) may be eligible to play in official matches for a third club during the relevant season.”
The MLS season is considered an overlapping season as it is due to start in February.
Aubameyang has played 17 times for Chelsea this season, scoring three goals – the last of which came in October against AC Milan in the Champions League.