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Friday 9 December 2016

Schweini switch cost only £6.5m

German star's former club reveals cut-price move from Bayern

Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Ed Woodward

Manchester United paid a bargain £6.5m for Bastian Schweinsteiger when they lured the 2014 World Cup winner from Bayern Munich in July.

The 31-year-old - who is preparing to face Liverpool in Saturday evening's eagerly-anticipated Premier League clash at Old Trafford - was widely reported to have cost the Reds £15m but Schweinsteiger's first club TSV 1860 Rosenheim, have revealed that United's executive vice chairman Ed Woodward pulled off a coup when he shelled out almost £10m less for the Germany captain.

"The transfer fee adds up to €9m (£6.5m)," the German club announced. Rosenheim play in the regional fifth tier Bayernliga Sud and Schweinsteiger played for them until 1998 when he moved to Munich. They are set to scoop a near £15,000 jackpot for their part in developing the Reds midfielder.

"We have been credited for two years (that Schweinsteiger spent at the club)," they have announced.

"We will receive the payment in two instalments, and after deducting the advisor and legal costs, we will receive €19,000," Sandro Sacco, the club's finance director, has revealed in a press release.

"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, who won the Champions League with Bayern in 2013, began the season with three sub appearances for the Reds but has been in Louis van Gaal's starting XI in the last three matches.

The Reds 2008 European Cup winner Owen Hargreaves believes the German's Euro CV is the key to United making an impact back on the big stage.

Hargreaves, who was part of United's Moscow triumph against Chelsea seven years ago, had previously been a team-mate of Schweinsteiger's at Bayern Munich. When Hargreaves moved to Old Trafford the German World Cup winner went on to firmly establish himself as Bayern's midfield kingpin.

"The transition has been tough at United. There were always a lot of pillars at United. The likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic were the kind of pillars who kept United up where they were," says Hargreaves.

"Now there are not so many who jump out in that category. United need pillars. Those experienced big game players United have been used to gave the supporters that feeling. When they were in the team you felt comfortable.

"Bastian will be one of those big players because he has the experience, the success, the personality and character to take on the job. His experience is unsurpassed and he is a great guy who will communicate well and the respect he has will mean he will be a great mentor to younger players at United.

"On the pitch he is going to be a huge influence. Particularly on big European nights he is going to be a massive."

Meanwhile, former Barcelona midfielder Xavi has rejected claims United manager Louis van Gaal is "arrogant" and insisted he will do a "great job".

Another former Barcelona midfielder, Hristro Stoichkov, said last month Van Gaal is a "bad man" who is "destroying" United. But Xavi, who worked with Van Gaal during his two spells in charge at the Nou Camp, insists Stoichkov is wrong.

Xavi said: "They criticise him on a human level because he is very direct or because he seems arrogant. He was ahead of his time back then. He worked to perfect the training sessions and improve the team technically and tactically. Twenty years ago he was a very complete coach.

"In time he will do a very good job at Manchester United. He will make them very strong in the Premier League and in the Champions League. He will do a great job."

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