Why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be able to play in MLS according to FIFA “loophole”

The disastrous signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by Chelsea this summer has seen them lumbered with a player they really don’t want.

Even if there had been teams who wanted to buy him in January (and there were whispers that Atletico Madrid were interested), they wouldn’t have been able to, due to FIFA restrictions on players playing for more than two clubs in a season.

That wouldn’t be a problem were he to move to MLS, as has been rumoured in the last 48 hours.

The Daily Mirror point out the “loophole” (although it’s actually more of just a wrinkle of the global league calendar that would allow Auba to make the switch regardless.

While a player can only represent two clubs in one season, the MLS season starts in February. He’s used up his 22/23 quota, but his 23/24 quota is free.

So if a financial package can be agreed and the striker is happy to make the move, we could be in business.

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