Augusto Fernández heads to China, Jonathan Silva signs for Roma & Lucas Boyé completes Celta switch

All eyes were on the Premier League for its annual January transfer window deadline day but while Argentinians weren’t making the headlines, there were a few on the move elsewhere on January 31st.

Atlético Madrid confirmed the departure of Augusto Fernández to Chinese Super League club Beijing Renhe for a fee rumoured to be around €4.5 million.

The 31-year-old was expected to leave the Wanda Metropolitano during this window and reports linking Augusto with a move to China had already been circulating before Atleti announced the deal on Wednesday.

Despite joining Diego Simeone’s side two years ago, Augusto has made only 34 appearances as serious knee injuries have led to long periods spent on the sidelines. His failure to recover his form and a lack of opportunities were always likely to result in the midfielder wanting to move away and with the hope of still forcing his way into Jorge Sampaoli’s plans for the World Cup, Augusto has followed the example of Javier Mascherano and gone to China.

Another player hoping to make a fresh start is Jonathan Silva, who switched Portugal for Italy, after signing for Roma on loan from Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Still only 23, Silva has never quite lived up to his initial potential but there is still time for the talented full-back provided the Giallorossi afford the former Estudiantes defender time.

Boca Juniors had hoped to sign Silva on a permanent deal after the youngster had spent last season on loan at the club but were unable to afford Sporting’s asking price and while the initial move to Roma may be on loan, it is understood that there is an obligatory purchase clause of €5.7 million at the end of the season.

“I’m very happy to have joined Roma, for me it’s an incredible feeling,” Silva told the club’s official website.

“I’m very motivated. I want to make my contribution among this great group of players.”

The 23-year-old has already played for Argentina and while a return to Jorge Sampaoli’s squad may seem a long way off at present, left-back is hardly a position in which La Albiceleste are blessed.

Silva wasn’t the only young player looking to get more playing time as Lucas Boyé joined Celta Vigo on loan.

The 21-year-old forward joined the LaLiga club from Torino and Celta will have the option to make the deal permanent for a fee believed to €12 million.

Undoubtedly talented, Boyé has struggled for playing time at Torino and despite recording just one assist in fourteen appearances this season, the former River Plate player hadn’t started a game.

Boyé was one of the jewels in River’s academy before his move to Italy but is yet to really settle. Technically gifted as well as powerful, the forward has often been used out wide by Torino and finding his best position will be important if he is to make an impact in Spain.

And finally, former Banfield midfielder Thomas Rodríguez completed a loan switch to Vitória Setúbal after failing to break into the first team at Genoa since his transfer last July. The 21-year-old has been limited to only a single Coppa Italia appearance from the bench and needs greater playing time.

While Federico Andrada joined Serie B club Bari after it was clear the 23-year-old wasn’t going to be involved in River Plate’s plans. The forward has been bouncing around on loan since 2014 at Metz, Quilmes, Atlético de Rafaela and most recently Vélez Sarsfield but with no room back at the Monumental will now continue his career in Italy.

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