The Italian has failed to breach Jose Mourinho’s plans this season, with dour performances against FC Basel and Bristol City culminating in just three Premier League starts since the turn of the year.
He has been perennially linked with a move back to Italy and stated last month that he wouldn’t be averse to joining Juventus.
And according to Italian media outlet Corriere dello Sport, Darmian is keen to return to Italy in an attempt to reinvigorate his career and will complete a move to the Serie A champions for a fee of £10m sooner rather than later.
Darmian never kicked up fuss, always worked hard to do the job that was asked of him, kicked and splayed and huffed and puffed, but at the bottom of it all he was – put simply – too slow.
There is a certain level of thrust and zip you need to thrive in the Premier League and the Italian just doesn’t have it. And following a season of anonymity under Mourinho, who will no doubt place emphasis on signing full-backs this summer, Darmian needs to find a club elsewhere for the sake of his career.