Manchester United paid just €9 million to secure the services of Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich, it has been claimed.
It was previously thought that the Red Devils had forked out around £15 million for the 30-year-old's services.
Schweinsteiger, who is still working his way back to full fitness after an interrupted pre-season because of his move, has made three substitute appearances so far - the latest of which came in the 3-1 win against Club Brugge last night which has put Louis van Gaal's side on the cusp of qualification for the Champions League.
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Schweinsteiger is one of five new arrivals at Old Trafford this summer, with Van Gaal splashing in excess of £80 million - although now it seems as though that figure could be inflated.
According to SportBild, the Red Devils only forked over the modest fee to take the World Cup winner away from the Allianz Arena.
If the figure quoted by SportBild is true then the deal would represent one of the most shrewd of the summer. Schweinsteiger brings a wealth of experience to Old Trafford having won the Bundesliga on numerous occasions, as well as the Champions League and World Cup.
So far his impact on the Manchester United squad has been positive, and they've yet to taste defeat after three games and are near the top of the table, although sterner tests lie ahead.
Next up for the Red Devils is a showdown against Newcastle, before the second leg against Brugge in Belgium.