The Citizens have also created a track record when it comes to signing players from other Premier League clubs.
One player that was brought in from another top-flight side that has gone on to be very successful at the Etihad Stadium is Kyle Walker.
In those appearances, the Englishman has scored six goals and delivered 17 assists along the way, winning four Premier League trophies, four Carabao Cup trophies and one FA Cup.
Once Fernandinho’s current contract officially runs out at the end of June, Walker will then be City’s oldest outfield player at the age of 32.
With that in mind, it could be worth Guardiola and the City hierarchy making plans to sign a potential long-term replacement for the England international.
One figure that could fit the bill that has been mentioned with a move to the Manchester club is Chelsea full-back Reece James.
In 123 senior appearances for the west London club, the 22-year-old has scored nine goals and delivered 18 assists in the process.
Back in September 2020, one of the youngster’s goals for his side was described as “sensational” by Gary Lineker on Twitter.
In terms of his goal contributions in the Premier League this season, James found the net five times and supplied nine assists in 26 appearances, which is significantly more than the two assists Walker contributed to his side.
This shows how impressive James is up and down the pitch and why he’d be a solid replacement for Walker in the future.
While the Chelsea youth academy graduate may even be a ready-made replacement for the City star now, it may be difficult for the Manchester club to sign him this summer as his current deal at Stamford Bridge isn’t set to expire until 2025, in addition to the fact that Thomas Tuchel may be reluctant to see one of his assets make a move to a league rival.