Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in talks with surprise club over Chelsea departure

The Chelsea man could well be on the move before the end of the season

Out of favour Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in talks with LAFC over a potential move to the MLS before the end of the season, according to reports in Spain.

The Gabon international, who joined the Blues from Barcelona in the dying days of the summer transfer window, has endured a horror six months at Stamford Bridge. Arriving to work with former boss Thomas Tuchel, the German was sacked just days after the deal was completed, and Graham Potter has never really taken a liking to the veteran forward since his arrival.

Aubameyang has started just four times in the Premier League this season, and though he is the clubs top goalscorer in the Champions League with two, he was left out of the squad for the knockout rounds following the additions of Mykhaylo Mudryk, Enzo Fernandez and Joao Felix, meaning that he will be denied a chance to face his former club Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 of the competition.

It is clear that a departure in 2023 will happen, with the impending arrival of Christopher Nkunku in the summer only set to push the 33-year-old further down the pecking order, and a move to Barcelona this winter was only thwarted by La Liga registration rules.

Now, with his options thin and transfer windows across Europe shut, Relevo report that talks are ongoing between Chelsea and MLS club Los Angeles FC for a potential move for Aubameyang.

No fee is mentioned, but it is unlikely that Chelsea would demand much for the out-of-favour attacker. The MLS transfer window closes on April 24th, meaning that there remains plenty of time for a deal to be struck.

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