What Romelu Lukaku's Manchester United move means to FIFA 18

One of the biggest names floating around transfer rumors this summer finally has a new home.

Striker Romelu Lukaku is indeed headed to Manchester United, in a massive move from Everton. United will reportedly pay £75m up-front with an additional add-on fees for Lukaku. Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer Wayne Rooney will return to Everton to likely finish his career where it all began.

It’s quite a move amidst all the moving parts and Chelsea’s reported interest, but Jose Mourinho has a new world class striker to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic after United and the legendary striker parted ways last month. The Belgian striker should solve United’s goal scoring problem after the Red Devils scored the fewest goals among top-7 teams in the Premier League table last season.

So what does this mean for FIFA 18 and FUT?

Pogba and Lukaku’s Green Link Bromance

While Lukaku isn’t changing leagues in FIFA 18, his move to Manchester United gives him a green link with central midfielder Paul Pogba. The two are close friends and have been vacationing in Los Angeles, reportedly having a really good time.

Pogba and Lukaku’s strength up the middle of the pitch is downright terrifying for opposing squads, and their green link down the middle should provide plenty of great hybrid possibilities (I’m already picturing Ousmane Dembele out on the right side).

Perfect Fellaini Chemistry

There may not be a player in all of football more contentious than Marouane Fellaini. That being said, the Belgian midfielder's going to have perfect chemistry with Lukaku and adds even more physicality up the middle.

While pairing Lukaku and Fellaini leaves a lot of pace to be desired, it’s something that we could see a lot of in FIFA 18. Lukaku’s base card in FUT 17 had 82 pace, and even after his unbelievable 2016/17 campaign, it’s hard to imagine that we’ll see a big bump in his pace in FUT 18.

One To Watch?

After debuting OTW items in FUT 17, it remains unknown whether or not the cards will return to the game in their current form in FUT 18. But, if EA Sports does intend to reintroduce OTW items again as we know and love them, Lukaku certainly fits the bill for one.

Along with Arsenal’s new striker Alexandre Lacazette, Lukaku would figure to be one of the most valuable OTW players in the game. His goal scoring prowess combined with a deeper and more talented roster around him should land him on plenty of EA TOTWs, just like he did last season for Everton.

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