The Bulgarian may be 34, but he remains a great talent and with no fee involved a move could be a master-stroke by Villa boss Tim Sherwood.
Villa have impressed with their summer spending to date, recently adding Jordan Veretout and Rudy Gestede to a squad that had already seen seven new arrivals this summer.
With Christian Benteke leaving it will be up to Gestede and Jordan Ayew among others to replace the Belgian international’s goals, but a move for Berbatov could be exactly what this Villa side needs.
The player never relied on pace, instead using his brain to beat an opponent more often than his feet.
Similar to Teddy Sheringham, Berbatov’s playing style means a return to the Premier League is not beyond the realms of possibility and with young players around him the former AS Monaco man could thrive…as well as teaching them a thing or two along the way.
With 122 goals during his earlier spell in England he would certainly add an additional – and different – threat for Sherwood and the player may well feel he has something to prove in the Premier League in the final year or two of his career.
If Villa had not already signed a crop of talented young players this summer, a mooted move for Berbatov would have been frowned upon and rightly so; but given the circumstances he could be the cherry on this particular cake.