Bastian Schweinsteiger's former club TSV 1860 Rosenheim appear to have officially disclosed the financial details of the player's recent switch from Bayern Munich to Manchester United, with the Premier League club said to have paid just €9m (£6.5m, $10.5m) to secure the services of one of European football's most-influential midfielders.
The tandem of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and manager Louis van Gaal were widely praised for enticing the 31 year old to Old Trafford in July as part of a summer transfer spree that also included the arrivals of fellow central midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin as well as Dutch international Memphis Depay, right-back Matteo Darmian, youngster Regan Poole and free agent goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
Although no official fee for Schweinsteiger was subsequently disclosed by either club, publications such as BBC Sport reported the deal to be worth in the region of £14.4m. And while that may already have been deemed a bargain given the World Cup-winning German captain's vast array of experience, it appears that the actual figure is even lower.
"The transfer fee for Bastian was 9 million euros and we were credited for two years," read a statement on 1860 Rosenheim's official website that was intended to clarify speculation over their involvement in the transfer. "Payment will be made in two instalments...The first instalment has already been received in August."
The fifth-tier amateur club, with whom Schweinsteiger spent six years as a youngster before he joined Bayern's youth setup in 1998, went on to declare themselves "very pleased" with the player's great career before declaring his success as an incentive to continue investing in youth football.
After making his competitive debut for United during the second half of the 1-0 victory over Tottenham on the opening day of the 2015/16 campaign, Schweinsteiger has made six appearances in all competitions for Van Gaal's side to date and started for the first time during the defeat to Swansea. Although he is yet to find the net for his new club, he did provide an impressive assist for Ander Herrera during the second leg of their 7-1 aggregate Champions League play-off round victory over Club Brugge last month.