Chelsea striker RomeluLukaku granted an unusual interview to Sky Sports towards the end of last month and its ripple effect has not been limited to West London. Inter Milan have also not been left out of the ripple effect from the now famous Lukaku interview. During the interview, Lukaku stated his desire to return to Inter Milan in the future some months after he left to sign for Chelsea in a club-record deal. The Blues paid around €115m (£97m) to secure his transfer during last summer's transfer window.

Lukaku has struggled to make an impact in West London and has started just eight games in the Premier League though it must be pointed out that he missed six games due to ankle sprain and Covid-19. In the revealing interview, Lukaku established his situation as being unhappy at Chelsea. He apologised for the nature of his departure from Inter Milan and expressed his desire to return to the San Siro while he's still in his prime.

His exit last summer led to panic amongst the Inter fans who were concerned about the direction that the club was going with the sales of important players such as Moroccan right-back AchraafHakimi and the aforementioned Lukaku, but new manager Simone Inzaghi has shown that Inter Milan can get results without those two players.

Inter Milan won the Italian Serie A title last season and they are on course to defend their title. Under Inzaghi who replaced Antonio Conte last summer, Inter Milan have a four-point lead at the top of the table.

The Nerazzuri have been very effective in front of goal without the firepower of Lukaku who scored 24 league goals on the way to the title win last season. This season, the trio of HakanCalhanoglu, EdinDzeko and Lautaro Martinez have contributed 25 goals.

Lukaku scored 12 of his 24 goals in the first half of last season, but he has scored just five league goals for Chelsea this season.

With his well documented struggles at Chelsea, it is clear that Lukaku needs Inter more than they need him as he's part of the team under Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge rather than him being the main man just like what was obtainable with him at Inter Milan last season.