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It turns out Manchester United spent far less on Bastian Schweinsteiger than first thought

Schweinsteiger cost just €9m.

Schweinsteiger is looking like being quite a bargain.
Schweinsteiger is looking like being quite a bargain.
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AT THE TIME there were plenty who said Manchester United overpaid for German World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger when they reportedly forked out €20m as he entered the final year of his contract.

But the midfielder’s first first club have revealed that it was actually significantly less that initially thought.

Schweinsteiger left TSV 1860 Rosenheim as a 14-year-old to join the German giants, and because of that, they were due a small portion of the player’s transfer fee when he moved on to United almost 17 years later.

And the club have now revealed that Schweinsteiger joined the Red Devils for just €9m, less than half the fee that was initially reported.

“The transfer fee for Bastian was 9 million euros and we were credited for 2 years,” the statement read.

The club will be awarded €38,000 under FIFA statutes, and being a small club in the fifth tier of football in Bavaria, it looks like it’s going to go a long way.

“We are very pleased about the great career of Bastian and the fact that we can benefit when his training club financially. For us this is again an incentive to continue to put a lot of power in our youth, “says head of department colleague Nicolas Foltin.

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