The idea of Romelu Lukaku returning to Inter Milan on loan from Chelsea to fill his own void has been speculated by the Italian media, after facing further criticism in England.
Lukaku returned to the Premier League in the summer after two productive seasons in Serie A. His spell with Inter culminated in becoming an Italian champion last season. Consequently, his value was just shy of £100m when Chelsea bought him.
However, he has surprisingly not been justifying his price tag. Lukaku has only scored five goals from 17 Premier League matches this season. In the most recent of those, he alarmingly managed just seven touches.
It has become a problem for Chelsea to solve, especially after the money they spent on him. Thomas Tuchel has already been speaking about how he has such a responsibility. However, the coach does not necessarily have an answer.
In the bigger picture, if Lukaku does not rediscover the form that saw him score at least 30 goals in consecutive seasons for Inter, his current employers may have to work out what to do with him.
The 28-year-old is under contract with Chelsea until 2026. However, it is now being speculated that he could end up away from Stamford Bridge much sooner. According to journalist Fabrizio Biasin, Lukaku could even be allowed to re-sign for Inter on loan.
Biasin told Calciomercato.it (via Sport Witness): “He was a magnet last season. All the balls pass by his feet.
“It is sensational to think about how many balls he touches at Chelsea. Maybe he’ll be back on loan next season.”
Inter are still working out a succession plan in their post-Lukaku era. They signed Edin Dzeko on a two-year contract in the summer, for example, as a short-term measure.
The Serie A champions will be looking for a younger striker as well when the season ends. One major target is Sassuolo frontman Gianluca Scamacca.
However, Biasin thinks Inter directors Giuseppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio will be looking for someone already of a high calibre too. In that regard, a return for Lukaku could be on the cards.
Biasin added: “I think it is correct to speak of a possibility Scamacca in front. On him a chip has been placed.
“But Marotta and…