The Leganes will sign Jonathan Silva as a replacement for Rico

The Leganes will sign Jonathan Silva as a replacement for Rico

2018 Jul 25

El Leganés is going to sign Jonathan Silva, left-back Argentine from Sporting de Portugal, as a substitute for Diego Rico. Silva, 24, will arrive at Butarque on loan with a purchase option at the end of the season for three million euros. The pepineros will have to pay a cession rate whose amount has not yet transcended, but which could be around half a million between fixed and variable. They will also pay a good part of their salary. With a community passport (he has dual Italian-Argentine nationality), the zaguero has a contract with the club of José Alvalade until 2022.

As has been reported by As, Silva has always been this summer one of the first options that Leganés has managed to reinforce the left-handed side in case of sale of Diego Rico. Moreover, sources close to the negotiation always insisted that in order to undertake the arrival of the Argentine, it would always have to be necessary for the Burgalian to leave Butarque. Both operations were connected as a cause-effect relationship. One would cause the other.

And so it has been. Rico has signed for Bournemouth for 15 million euros. His replacement, in case Leganés finally gets it next season, will hardly cost less than a quarter. The economic business for the blue and white is round. Depends now on the performance of Silva that the sports business also goes well.
Silva returns with Pellegrino

Formed in the lower categories of Estudiantes, Silva will meet again with Pellegrino, who had coach in La Plata for two seasons, until, in 2014, the player made the leap to the old continent to enroll in the ranks of Sporting Portugal. The Lusos bought it for about 1.2 million euros. The presence of 'Flaco' in Leganés has been key to his signing for the pepineros.

After joining Sporting, Silva has played on two other teams on loan. In Boca Juniors he remained season and a half. He also played borrowed in Rome, where he arrived last January pushed by the lack of minutes. Fabio Coentrao closed the doors of a continued ownership.

In Italy, to his disgrace, he did not have much luck. He only played two games. His chances were covered by the presence of Kolarov in the same position. The Serb was an untouchable. Although this season Silva could have had more opportunities at Sporting, the offer of Leganés and the confidence of Pellegrino have convinced him to look for a new opportunity to shine beyond Lisbon.
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