The new Manager clearly wanted a former player to lead the way as he aimed to bring a new style of football to the Bridge and the 26-year-old looks the ideal conductor for the Sarri orchestra.
Chelsea have been linked with a number of players in the transfer window throughout the summer.
With regular City full backs Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy likely out of contention due to prolonged World Cup campaigns, both Chelsea players are shoo-ins for the wide defensive posts. "It was a very positive conversation and I am very happy about it". The Blues will be without the services of Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante.
Guardiola said: "There is no doubt we want Sterling".
"The table of the last Premier League [season] told me City had 100 points, and Chelsea had 70 points".
But in an intriguing insight into what drives him on, Guardiola, whose team face FA Cup winners Chelsea in the Community Shield on Sunday, has explained how it is the fear of losing, rather than the joy of winning, that motivates him. The Blues have shown good form in their pre-season friendlies thus far, as they adapt to the change in style under Maurizio Sarri.
"And in other competitions, the FA Cup and Champions League, always we can do better".
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One of Chelsea's most consistent performers in Azpilicueta could not be overlooked, so he takes up the position at left-back despite largely featuring on the right side of defence - but he's that good he can cover nearly all positions across the back line.
Alonso was one of Chelsea's standout performers in a disappointing season, scoring seven times as he was named in the PFA Team of the Year.
"Of course, we now have Mahrez to play on the right, the left or the middle, but that doesn't influence Raheem at all". Manchester United beat them 3-2 in 2011 and Arsenal beat them 3-0 four years ago, two years after City beat this week's opponents 3-2 at Villa Park.
Sarri did not say if permission had been granted, but he has made it clear that he is keen to keep the likes of Hazard and Willian at Stamford Bridge despite speculation over their futures.
Maurizio Sarri has given Chelsea fans an insight into what we could be looking for in the transfer market between now and the end of the week.
My job is to improve my players.
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