The former Manchester United defender may be the kind of player that could give Remi Garde's side a chance of staying in the Premier League.
Following the news that Nemanja Vidic has been released by Inter Milan (via BBC Sport), Aston Villa should attempt to bring the defender in on a short-term deal this month as it may be the kind of signing that helps them pull off a stunning escape.
Currently, the Villains are sat 10 points adrift of Premier League safety, having won just twice in the top flight this season. The club are arguably still reeling from losing Ron Vlaar, Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke in the summer.
Despite their desperate situation however, there is a slight glimmer of positivity creeping in as they currently boast a four-match unbeaten run in all competitions - although two of those games have come against League Two side Wycombe.
While there is undoubtedly much work ahead before they can even consider thinking about potential safety, Remi Garde would be foolish to not look to build on the small amount of momentum they have gained in recent weeks.
And one way to ensure that they do cash in on their momentum is to bring in a man who has achieved so much in the game, and may be able to help rebuild that spine that they lost when their three key players departed last year.
The 34-year-old's organisation and leadership skills will be especially useful when working with Villa's youthful squad. Vidic will be able to make Garde's men much more difficult to break down, which will certainly help them pick up some important results before the season ends.
And with relegation still looking likely, a short-term deal until the end of the campaign may be the perfect option for both sides. Villa get a Champions League winner in the squad, who will undoubtedly improve their chances of survival, but will not have to worry about having to get him off the wage bill if it is confirmed that they will be playing in the Championship next season.
Meanwhile, the Serbian will be able to return to a league where he performed so well over a number of years, and, if Villa ultimately end up going down, he will be able to demonstrate to other clubs that he can still do a job at the highest level after a torrid final few months in Italy.
And while he has won five Premier League titles, on top of the Champions League triumph in 2008, leading Villa to safety would surely be one of the greatest achievements of Vidic's career.