A statement from Bastian Schweinsteiger’s former club has revealed Manchester United signed the midfielder for just £6.5m.
Schweinsteiger’s move from Bayern Munich in the summer was reportedly worth £14.4m after he was deemed surplus to requirements in Bavaria.
The German’s departure tugged at the heartstrings of Bayern’s loyal fans, who were desperate to see a club legend see out his career at the Allianz Arena.
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Schweinsteiger’s old club confirm deal amount
TSV 1860 Rosenheim, a fifth tier German club, confirmed the amount via a statement on their website.
In a translated version of the copy, the club said “the transfer fee for Bastian was 9 million euros”, which equates to around £6.45m and dispels rumours that United paid almost double the figure for the 31-year-old.
But why would a fifth tier side release details of a transfer between two of Europe’s largest and most successful club?
Schweinsteiger began his career with Rosenheim and spent two of his youth years at the club between the age of 12 and 14; therefore, they are due a solidarity payment from FIFA.
This is enshrined in FIFA laws and means any club who invested in a player as a youth should be financially rewarded when that player moves away from his first professional club for a fee.
As Schweinsteiger was at Bayern his whole career before moving to Manchester, the solidarity payment comes into force.
But how much do they receive? An estimation shows, after the deduction of legal fees, the tiny outfit receive a measly €19,000 – 0.2% of the transfer’s value.
Anger towards club hierarchy
Whether there is any lasting impact towards Guardiola and Rummenigge remains to be seen – but Die Bayern fans will be left disheartened at the latest news.
They would have expected the club to receive a handsome remuneration to part with a club legend, but this new revelation reveals the ex-captain was shown the door with relative disregard.
It was a particularly brave move by Guardiola given the Spaniard has never properly endeared himself to those on the terraces.
Even, despite their unrivalled success under his tutelage, a constant cloud has hung over the 44-year-old throughout his time at the Allianz Arena.
Yet, the fans will also be dissatisfied with club legend and CEO Rummenigge.
If Schweinsteiger was set for a diminished role in the side going forward, Rummenigge may have taken a business decision to free up the wage budget for the incoming Arturo Vidal.
But hearts often rule heads in Germany and the small nature of the fee could be seen as the hierarchy forcing and facilitating a move for Schweinsteiger.