Free agent Dimitar Berbatov is reportedly close to agreeing a deal that’d see him join Aston Villa, with the veteran forward apparently keen on another season in the Premier League before he hangs up his boots.
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Villa Closing in on Berbatov
Wednesday, July 29
According to Peter Edwards of the Daily Express, the 34-year-old’s close friend and former Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov informed Tim Sherwood that the former Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Fulham striker wants a move back to England and “personal terms are being discussed.”
Edwards quoted a source who is “close to the player” in his piece:
They need a top striker now because they sold Christian Benteke to Liverpool. You don’t have many strikers with experience in the Premier League available at the moment.
I know Dimitar has offers from Germany [Werder Bremen] and Turkey but his desire is to play in England once again. His family also prefers England and this could be his last chance to play there.
The article also quoted Berbatov, who was released by Monaco at the end of last season, as previously stating that it’d be a “pleasure” to return to the Premier League.
James Dall of ESPN is excited about the prospect of the Bulgarian potentially linking up with Emmanuel Adebayor, who Sky Sports claim is also close to joining the Midlands club:
If Berbatov was to join, he’d bring his nonchalant quality to Villa Park. The forward is very much a luxury player, whose dislike of work rate and closing down is well known. But he has a silky-smooth touch and the ability to carve out openings from absolutely nothing.
As aforementioned, Villa need a striker too. But is Berbatov really the right fit for a Villa side that were all about high-intensity play under the tutelage of Sherwood last season? The club’s former striker Andy Gray isn’t too enthused by the prospect of the transfer, per Alan Brazil of talkSPORT:
But Berbatov wouldn’t be leading the line on his own, nor would he be partnering Adebayor up top on too many occasions. In the twilight of his career he’d play a bit-part role in this Villa squad and his experience would be a vital commodity in what’s a young group of players.
Sherwood will know the player well from his time at Tottenham and on a free transfer, it’d be a relatively low risk move. If the mercurial Bulgarian could produce a few more nonchalant moments of magic in the iconic claret and blue next season, it’d be a deal worth pursuing for the Villains.