DAVID Moberg Karlsson is looking for a way out of Sunderland after failing to make any impact at all at the club in his debut season.
But the Swedish winger’s agent, Per Jonsson, admits that brokering a deal is unlikely to prove straightforward.
Moberg Karlsson was bought from IFK Gothenburg last June in a £1.5million deal brokered by Sunderland’s then director of football, Roberto De Fanti.
And things looked promising when he scored an eye-catching goal against Spurs in a pre-season tournament in Hong Kong, but he was never able to build on that early promise.
He made only one competitive first-team appearance for Sunderland last season – the 4-2 Capital One Cup win over MK Dons in August in which he lasted only 65 minutes before being substituted.
Although he was loaned to Kilmarnock in January, he made only four appearances for the Scottish Premiership side.
Now the Swede is looking for a fresh start, but agent Jonsson, who also represents Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson, says there are difficulties both in finding a club and agreeing an appropriate fee.
In an interview given to Swedish reporters, Jonsson said: “David wants a club that will see him as the offensive player he is.
“The problem lies in that Sunderland must take a loss and do not want to sell him cheaply.
“Of course he is expensive – exactly what he’s worth, I would not go into – but if you buy a sofa for 10,000 krona you do not put it out for 300 krona a few weeks later.
“The thing is that everything is in Sunderland’s hands.”
Sunderland have deemed the winger surplus to requirements at the Stadium of Light, but they would prefer to send him out on loan, hoping his value might increase from games, rather than all but give him away.
The player himself would prefer a move to Italy, where he believes the style of football would be more suited to his abilities.
But Jonsson says the problem with that lies in the fact that he has played so little football in the past year.
“I do not think David wants to be loaned again,” he said.
“We want to find a permanent solution so David gets peace and quiet for a while.
“Of course he decides, and he’s saying he wants Italy – a league where he gets space and they play football that suits him.
“However it is hard to get an Italian club when they they have not seen him play senior football.”