In an interview with "Sport1", Atalanta Bergamo fullback Robin Gosens answered questions about his market value and a potential transfer to the Bundesliga.
In 2017, when he moved to the Italian Serie A from Dutch side Heracles Almelo to the Italian Serie A, his listed market value stood at approximately €1 million. What a difference three years and some exposure with the national team can make. Transfermarkt.de's latest update classifies him as a €27 million player.
Gosens still can't necessarily get his head around it. "That's not comprehensible for me and it never will be," Gosens told his German interviewers, "How can I justify that? Perhaps I can kick a little, but no person is worth that much more than another."
Now that he become a household name in Germany, a move to the Bundesliga might be foreseeable in the near future. Gosens, native of a small Nordrhein-Westfallen town just four kilometers from the Dutch border, would probably prefer a move to one of the Ruhrpott clubs. He tried out for Borussia Dortmund as a youngster.
Gosens repeatedly stated in the interview that he could envision a move to a German club. "My big dream would be a move to the Bundesliga," he said at one point, "I wish to fulfill this dream in my career. This is the league I followed the most as a child. It's definitely on my medium-term bucket list."
Gosens' favorite club growing up was Schalke 04. For obvious reasons, however, Gosens ruled such a move out. "It would be fantastic if it were a club close to my heart," he noted, "but in light of current events, it doesn't make sense in sporting terms. It would not be a step that furthered my career. Unfortunately, I have to be that brutally honest. Every Schalke fan could forgive me for that."
When asked what he considered the most important factor in weighing a possible move to a new club, Gosens replied: "The most important thing for me is that they have a plan in place for me right from the start; as it was with Atalanta."