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Chelsea in talks with MLS side to offload Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang



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Chelsea are in transfer negotiations to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he was left out of their Champions League squad.

The 33-year-old, who only arrived at Chelsea in the summer, was snubbed by Graham Potter last week when their Champions League squad for the knockout stages was named.

Aubameyang was removed from the 25-man A list to make room for three signings, Enzo Fernandez, Mykhailo Mudryk and Joao Felix.

“Whichever decision we made there was always going to be a conversation about it but it was my decision,” admitted Potter on Friday. “It was a tough decision absolutely, sometimes you have to make these calls but it’s absolutely nothing bad against him. He’s done nothing wrong at all.”

The Chelsea head coach added: “I don’t think it’s going to be difficult (for the rest of the season) because Pierre is a professional and of course, I understand he will be disappointed. It was a tough decision, a tough call. We had three coming in and two had to go out. He was the one that missed out, he’s done nothing wrong at all.”

Aubameyang was left out of the squad which drew 0-0 to Fulham on Friday night and was spotted in Milan, Italy with his family.

“He trained today (Friday), he trained very well and he’s got the weekend off so we can report on Monday,” added Potter. “It’s a free world.”

However, the Gabon international could leave Chelsea in the coming weeks, according to the latest reports from Matteo Moretto of Relevo.

It’s claimed Los Angeles FC and Chelsea are in talks for the transfer of Aubameyang.

Aubameyang’s future is now unclear, with the feeling reportedly that the club are trying to force him out, despite Potter insisting ‘everything is up for grabs’ in terms of his place in the side.

The 47-year-old concluded: “Everything is up for grabs. He’s got to keep working, train like he did today and be ready to play because football changes quickly. That’s the nature of the game.”