The 21-year-old Spaniard, who has been linked with Villa in the past, is reportedly back on the club's radar.
In fact, Italian news outlet CalcioNews24 have even gone as far as to claim that Villa are close to agreeing a €10 million [£7.1 million] deal for the Spaniard’s signature, having beaten off competition from both Inter Milan and Roma.
Darder, 21, should be well known to claret and blue fans at this stage, with reports that Villa were keen on a £7 million move for him surfacing back in April 2014 [h/t Daily Star], when the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur were also named as potential suitors.
The Under-21 international has also come up against the Midlands outfit in the past, having scored in a 3-2 friendly defeat at Villa Park in August 2013, before being officially promoted to the Malaga first-team later that month.
Going on to pen a contract extension until 2017 in November 2013, he has since made exceptional progress with the La Liga club, establishing himself as not just a first-team regular but also one of the most promising midfielders in the Spanish top-flight.
His performances last season, when he made 36 appearances and scored four goals, even saw him tipped for a first senior international call-up, although he is still receive that honour at this point.
That in mind, it is no surprise that a number of major clubs are reported to be chasing his services this summer, although a move to Villa would not appear to be the best fit on paper.
With Fabian Delph now staying at the club, Senegal star Idrissa Gueye recently signed from Lille, and Ashley Westwood, Carlos Sanchez and Gary Gardner also at Tim Sherwood’s disposal, there should be more than enough cover in the centre of the park for the coming season.
Add to that the fact that Darder, who also renewed his deal until 2018 in November, is better known for his defensive qualities than his attacking flair and there would not appear to be much room for the £7 million-rated Spaniard in Villa’s squad.
With Sherwood known to be keen to stockpile emerging talent, a move for the Malaga prospect cannot entirely be ruled out but, at the same time, spending those kinds of funds on a player who could not fill an area of need would seem far from wise.