Russian agent hints Arsenal can have Kallstrom permanently if they want him

Kim Kallstrom playing for Spartak Moscow

Agent believes the only reason Spartak let him join Arsenal was that he had no future at the club.

Russian clubs are known more for their big spending than their generosity, so Arsenal really must have thought they had secured an impressive deal when they persuaded Spartak Moscow to loan them Kim Kallstrom.

Unfortunately they had not realised until the last minute, that the Swede had a back injury which would rule him out for the first six weeks of his tenure, but manager Arsene Wenger remains hopeful the international will prove his worth.

But just why did Spartak Moscow willingly loan him out, if he is deemed good enough for a team challenging for the Premier League title and the Premier League.

Well perhaps they knew about his injury, but more likely they have simply fallen out of love with the 31-year-old, and vice versa.

Russian football agent Alexey Safanov told newspaper Izvestia that Kallstrom was loaned because there is no future for him at Spartak.

He stated: "No sense wasting pay salaries to players who do not want the club today and unlikely to be needed in the near future."

Kallstrom, 31, has a contract running until June 2015, but clearly does not feature in Spartak's plans. Essentially Safanov is saying if Arsenal want him permanently in the summer and want to pay an asking price, the Russians will not stand in their way.

The 108-time-capped Swedish international started just six of a possible 19 games for the Russian giants in the first half of the season, and featured as a substitute in just four more.

Of those sub appearances, all four were stints on the pitch of 13 minutes or under, and he completed 90 minutes just twice.

It's clear there is unlikely to be much resistance from the Russian side if Arsenal want him on a permanent basis, yet he has just limited time to prove himself worthy of a summer transfer.

image: © Голубович Дмитрий

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