Their preference for recruiting from other leagues predates the current manager; you have to go back to the purchase of Patrick Roberts from Fulham in 2015 for the last time the Blues bought from the second tier of English football, and the 2010 arrival of Adam Johnson from Middlesbrough for the last time they brought in a first-team player from the league .
Guardiola, though, has followed the trend.
City have signed 24 players to date since 2016 and not one of them has come from the Championship, although John Stones, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez have all come from Premier League clubs.
The only country the club have signed more players from in Guardiola’s time is Spain. Claudio Bravo, Nolito, Geronimo Rulli, and Pablo Mari all arrived in 2016 (with the latter two immediately loaned back out), and Aymeric Laporte followed in January 2018.
Behind La Liga and the Premier League, three leagues are each responsible for two City signings; Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan came from the Bundesliga, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy from Monaco in Ligue 1, and Gabriel Jesus and Douglas Luiz from the Brazilian league. Monaco is the only club that City have bought more than one player from.
There are then ten nations to have provided one City signing in the three-year period. Of those, Aleks Zinchenko (from Russia’s FC Ufa) and Ederson (from Portugal’s Benfica) are the only two to have featured for the first team.
City could add a sixth talent from Spain if they are able to secure a deal for Atletico’s Rodri this summer, while there is also interest in several Premier League players as the Blues look to strengthen their defence.
Number of players Man City have signed from other leagues under Guardiola
5 – Spain
3 – England
2 – Brazil, Germany, France
1 – Colombia, Uruguay, Russia, Serbia, Austria, Portugal, Croatia, Netherlands, Australia, US