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Inter CEO remains coy on speculation about Romelu Lukaku’s return

Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta stayed coy when asked to deliver an update on recent speculation linking Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku with the Giuseppe Meazza reunion.

According to Corriere della Serra, via Fabrizio Romano, the Nerazzurri chief executive refused to confirm or deny the Italians’ interest in bringing their ex-striker back to Serie A.

Chelsea shattered the club’s transfer record to re-sign Lukaku last summer, dashing out a staggering £97.5 million to get the deal over the line.

Following two outrageous seasons in Italy, the former Manchester United has returned to the Premier League as a household goal-getter and with a point to prove.

However, things have not worked well for the robust striker in his second spell at Stamford Bridge.

Having scored only five times in the Premier League this season, he has largely failed to live up to expectations, prompting rumours of his potential departure in the summer.

Additionally, Lukaku had a fallout with manager Thomas Tuchel in December after going public with his frustration over the German’s tactical set-up.

Although the duo put the altercation behind, the Belgium international has never regained the gaffer’s trust ever since.

The 28-year-old has made only four Premier League starts in 2022, and he has yet to find the net in England’s top-flight this calendar year.

Despite scoring in both of Chelsea’s victories en route to their FIFA Club World Cup success, Lukaku has found himself behind Kai Havertz in the pecking order.

Since he is not the type of player that would settle with playing second fiddle to anyone, especially in the World Cup year, a possible summer break-up looks to be on the cards.

Inter signed Edin Dzeko from Roma to fill the void left by the Belgian’s blockbuster return to London.

But they have been linked with a potential move for Lukaku on several occasions this season, as both parties have struggled since severing ties last summer.

Inter’s hopes of defending the Scudetto took another hit on Saturday as they could only manage a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina at home.

Meanwhile, their fellow title rivals AC Milan and Napoli won their respective matches.

Simone Inzaghi’s men are now six points off the title pace in Serie A and they will face an uphill task to return to the summit in the final eight rounds.

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