Revealed: Exactly how much Man United paid for summer signing
This will be a surprise to Manchester United fans...
Manchester United paid just €9m (£6.53m) to sign Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich this summer, the World Cup winner’s former club TSV 1860 Rosenheim have revealed.
The Germany midfielder’s transfer to Old Trafford from the Bundesliga outfit was one of the high-profile transfer of the summer as Louis van Gaal moved quickly to bolster his squad ahead of his second season in charge at the club.
Schweinsteiger joined the Red Devils back on 13 July for a fee initially believed to be worth around £14.4m, according to BBC Sport.
However, it has now emerged that United paid far less to sign the 30-year-old.
Rosenheim are entitled to solidarity payments under Fifa rules and the club revealed that the actual transfer fee is much lower at €9m, including add-ons.
Rosenheim CFO Sandro Sacco told the club’s website: “The transfer fee adds up to €9m.
“We have been credited for the 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. 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.”
Schweinsteiger will be hoping to feature when Manchester United host Liverpool in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.