Tonev, 25, joined Villa from Polish club Lech Poznan in June 2013 for around £2.5 million and went on to make eight starts and 12 substitute appearances across all competitions during his first campaign in the Midlands.
The Bulgaria international failed to record a goal or assist, however, while his disappointing performances soon saw him fall out of favour with former manager Paul Lambert before joining Celtic in August on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.
He did not fare much better north of the border, though, and featured just 13 times for the Scottish champions, while also becoming embroiled in a race row which led to a seven-match ban.
Since returning to Villa after the Hoops decided against making his spell permanent, the 17-times capped midfielder is now expected to be shipped out again this summer as new boss Tim Sherwood looks to revamp his squad in his first transfer window in charge.
|2013-14 Premier League||Position||Team||Goals||Assists||Total Key Passes||Passing Accuracy||Total Crosses||Crossing Accuracy||Total Dribbles||Dribble Accuracy||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Aleksandar Tonev||MF||Aston Villa||0||0||2||76%||31||6%||18||40%||17||596|
The former CSKA Sofia prospect was linked with a return to his homeland last week, with Ludogorets Razgrad named as potential suitors [h/t Sport Line], but now the likes of 7sport.net are claiming that Roma could be his next destination.
According to the report, manager Rudi Garcia is a long-time admirer of Tonev since before he joined Villa and sees him as an ideal reclamation project to help boost the club’s attack following last season’s second-place finish.
Considering his form over the past two seasons, those claims will come as a big surprise to the claret and blue faithful but, at the same time, it is worth nothing that Tonev was a well-regarded prospect around Europe before his switch to England.
A reported target for Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen both in the summer of 2013 and back in December [h/t The Scotsman], a move back across the Channel could be just what is needed to help reignite his once-flourishing career.
That said, after failing to impress in a relegation-threatened Villa side and the Scottish Premiership, seeing him make a mooted jump to a Champions League club in Roma would be no less bizarre to those who have watched him in action of late.