Inter are having serious second thoughts about whether to sign striker Romelu Lukaku on a permanent basis from Chelsea.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who report that the 29-year-old’s injury struggles are causing the Nerazzurri to doubt whether he can be relied upon.

There had not looked to be much uncertainty as to whether Inter would try to sign Lukaku permanently eventually.

The Nerazzurri had jumped at the chance to bring the Belgian back on loan just twelve months after his departure to join Chelsea.

Given the undoubted impact that Lukaku can have when he is at his best, which he proved for two seasons at Inter in his previous spell, it looked almost a foregone conclusion that the Nerazzurri would try to extend his loan and then sign the Belgian permanently.

However, Lukaku has been restricted to under three hundred minutes of action in Serie A and the Champions League and is not expected to return before the World Cup.

Therefore, if there isn’t certainty that these injury struggles are only a temporary problem and that Lukaku can be back to his best in the future, Inter could well decide against signing him permanently when his loan from Chelsea ends.