The Italian was initially touted for a loan move to Serie A, with clubs such as Juventus and Napoli both reportedly interested.
Darmian, who did not feature once during pre-season, has only made 90 appearances over four seasons at United, managing just seven in all competitions last term.
Romano, a reliable source, confirmed along with several other sources on Friday that a permanent move to Parma had been agreed and that a medical would take place tomorrow.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 30, 2019
Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling, and now Darmian. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer resolved to clear out players who needed to be moved on and Italy has turned out to be quite the useful dumping ground.
More seriously, though, this is a move which is long overdue. It could have happened two years ago and would have felt right.
Not to discredit Darmian – utterly professional throughout, not producing one controversial headline, there to do a job when needed to. That performance in the Europa League final to shut down Ajax’s left hand side was an Italian masterclass.
At a club like United, however, you cannot have baggage. Darmian is exactly that. He, along with many others, must be moved on if this club is to move forward.