When you look at the engine room of City’s midfield, I would say only Fernandinho has both the ability and physical capability that fit the profile of how Guardiola wants to play.
Fernando and Fabian Delph are both athletic but do not have the quality of, say, Thiago in terms of footwork and ability to dictate play.
Looking at Guardiola’s Barca and Bayern teams, he has always liked a proper ball player in that area of central midfield. Yaya does not fit the bill with his fitness levels, so I think that is the first area that the new manager will look at strengthening.
Left-back is another. There is far more to Guardiola’s philosophy than just a formation. The full-backs are key to how his sides attack.
Neither of City’s left-backs, Aleksandar Kolarov or Gael Clichy, strike me as Pep’s kind of players because I am not sure they are good enough footballers to do what he will ask of them.
But for most of the players already at City, it will be a case of wait and see.
I think Guardiola will be excited about working with a lot of them, especially Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.
City have quality in most positions so it would be a case of tweaking the squad to suit Guardiola, rather than initiating an overhaul.
‘No other club could tempt Messi apart from City’
Guardiola also has an impressive record of developing young players but that is probably the last thing on the minds of City fans at the moment.
There is a buzz regarding the players Guardiola can attract. That will continue until the start of next season, at least.
The thought of this City side with one or two world-class additions and Pep in charge is scary for the rest of the Premier League.
Who will come in? Everyone from Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba to Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski has been linked already, and people are also getting excited about the possibility of Lionel Messi coming to the Premier League.
From a footballing perspective, I understand when people say there is no chance of Messi moving. With Luis Suarez and Neymar alongside him at Barca, he is playing for the best team in the world, breaking records and winning stacks of trophies.
But you never know, because you cannot be sure where a player’s head is. I have been reading about some of the tax issues he has been facing in Spain and he might just say: “I have had enough.”
City would have to pay huge money to get him, of course, but if he wants to go, he will go. All he has to do is dig in his heels.
Messi could stop the speculation, of course. He could say that he has spoken to Pep and wished him all the best, and reassure the Barca fans he is staying.
Until that happens, the stories are not going to stop. City are the only club who could get him to leave, because the only man who could tempt him away is Guardiola.
Danny Murphy was speaking to BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.
The previous record for a season was £965m in 2014-15.
Dan Jones of finance experts Deloitte said: “Notably, this January’s spending has been driven in large part by clubs in the bottom half of the table.
“The promise of the new broadcast deal for Premier League clubs from next season onwards and the threat of missing out through relegation is contributing to clubs investing in an attempt to stay in the league.”
Guardiola overshadows deadline day
The big football story of the day was about a managerial appointment rather than a signing.
Deadline day has become an event in its own right in English football, but this season’s would have been a disappointment to most observers.
The two deals worth over £10m involved players little known to Premier League fans – with Stoke signing uncapped French midfielder Imbula, the biggest UK transfer of the window, and Everton’s recruitment of Senegal striker Niasse.
No clubs inside the top eight Premier League places signed anyone on transfer deadline day.
In fact, despite January spending reaching a five-year high, it was a very quiet month for the top flight’s leading sides.
While surprise leaders Leicester signed Copenhagen defender Daniel Amartey for about £6m and Birmingham winger Demarai Gray for £3.7m, Arsenal were the only other title contender to bring in a new face – £5m Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny.
Manchester City signed Anthony Caceres but loaned him out to Melbourne City, while Tottenham and Manchester United did not bring in anyone.
The combined spend by the clubs currently in the bottom six was £90m this January, half of the total. Last year, the clubs in those positions spent £20m, less than 20% of the total.
The two biggest deals before deadline day were both by struggling Newcastle – £12m for each of Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, both England internationals.
Bournemouth spent a combined £16m on strikers Lewis Grabban and Benik Afobe, with Norwich buying Steven Naismith for £8.5m.
While lots of strugglers strengthened their squad, bottom side Aston Villa let five players go in January without signing anyone.
West Brom’s Saido Berahino was in demand for the second transfer window in a row – but again failed to secure a move away.
Tottenham had a £22.5m bid rejected for the striker in the summer, causing Berahino to seemingly threaten to strike, with the 22-year-old not playing regularly since. Newcastle offered £21m for him on Sunday, but the Baggies again refused to sell.
Stoke have broken their transfer record to sign midfielder Giannelli Imbula from Porto for a fee of £18.3m on a five-and-a-half-year contract.
The 23-year-old became Portuguese football’s record signing when he joined Porto in a £15.1m deal from Marseille seven months ago.
He has played for France Under-21s, but could also play for Belgium.
The Potters have let Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel leave his loan spell early to join Dutch club PSV.
The 23-year-old, capped twice by the Netherlands, had played 21 times for Stoke during a season-long loan spell, but he will now be in Eindhoven until the summer.
Stoke’s previous record deal was winger Xherdan Shaqiri, who cost £12m in the summer.
Imbula, who started his career at Guingamp, played in both of Porto’s Champions League games against Chelsea this season.
Potters chairman Peter Coates told BBC Radio 5 live: “If he is as good as we think he is, he’ll keep his value. You’ve got to think of it from a business point of view. We want him to be worth more than we paid for him.
“This move has been on and off for a few days. We said we were withdrawing the offer, then they came back.”
Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam told BBC Sport: “We played Porto in a friendly in Germany last summer and I thought he was excellent.
“He went off injured because I gave him a little kick and gave him a dead leg, but he showed against us that he has the right qualities to play in England.
“I would say he is a Patrick Vieira type – a strong and powerful midfielder, a real driving force in there and perfect for the Premier League.”