Bastian Schweinsteiger's bargain transfer fee disclosed by boyhood club

Bastian Schweinsteiger

The Germany star moved to Manchester United from Bayern Munich for much less than was originally reported, according to his first club TSV 1860 Rosenheim.

Bastian Schweinstegier's first club TSV 1860 Rosenheim have suggested that the midfielder's move from Bayern Munich wasn't the large fee that had been circulated in the press, but was in fact as little as €9 million (£6.54 million), according to a statement released by the German minnows on their club website.

Rosenheim received a small percentage of the transfer fee after Schweinsteiger transferred to Bayern from them as a 13-year-old, and they had this to say regarding the transfer.

"The transfer fee adds up to €9m (£6.54m)," a statement published on their site read. "We have been credited for two years [that Schweinsteiger spent at the club].

"We will receive the payment in two instalments, and after deducting the advisor and legal costs, we will receive €19,000 (£13,770).

"We already received the first instalment in August. We are delighted about Bastian's incredible career and also that we profit from it financially as his first club.

"For us, this is again an incentive to continue to put a lot of power in our youth. We will use the money for our high-quality football education."

Though it is a little crazy to think that Manchester United's signing of Schweinsteiger, who won his 111th cap for his country in the recent win over Scotland, was a deal that was met with mixed reactions from the British media and the footballing punditry, the revelation from the German's first club, if true, surely means he is one of the signings of the summer.

Few people doubted the midfielder's qualities upon his arrival, but plenty took issue with his arrival at 31-years-old, coupled with the fitness issues he has had to contend with in the last couple of years, alongside a transfer fee originally said to be around £14 million by ESPN in July.

But securing a player of Schweinsteiger's standing in the modern game for £6.5 million, even if it is for only the three year contract he signed when he moved to Old Trafford, is a superb piece of business by the club.

And it's not just his proven quality that will be of use, as important as that could be given his talent and versatility, but the Germany captain's experience will be a huge bonus to the club and its young players.

Schweinsteiger's achievements put the trophy haul of United legends Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney to shame. Each of the England internationals have won five league titles and one Champions League. The former Bayern star has eight league titles to go alongside his Champions League triumph, while his World Cup win underlines his status as one of the top players of the last 25 years.

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