Jordi Cruyff: Summer signings rejected bigger offers to join Barcelona; the city is alive again

Barcelona football chief Jordi Cruyff says they’re delighted with their summer market work.

Jordi and Mateu Alemany oversaw an impressive transfer window as Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski, Franck Kessie, Jules Kounde and Andreas Christensen all arrived.

Jordi said: “Barcelona has a magnet, it’s nice. You can see the pride in the players’ eyes when they have the opportunity to sign for Barcelona and that has helped a lot to compete with clubs with bigger budgets and better salaries.

“They wanted to sign for Barcelona and we are very grateful for these players because, believe me, they had better offers than ours. Even so, they chose to follow their dream of being part of history.

“The team has started very well, with the manager doing a very good job. He has a positive headache… he has a good squad to choose from. If that continues in the right way, the city is alive again. Even for the smaller matches, the Camp Nou is full and that shows the mood. You see how people are so happy with the players that have joined. You feel that it is alive again and this club needed it.

“I’ve noticed that 99% of people don’t understand Spanish financial fair play, how to fit that puzzle together. It’s something you won’t understand in an hour, it’s more complex and complicated. Even when you have money, you can’t spend it. The news that has come out about us is not always accurate and I understand that people listen to that and think that what Barcelona has done may not be elegant.”