However, Italy global Jorginho followed Maurizio Sarri to Sunday's Community Shield opponents Chelsea, and Guardiola is ready to give a chance to 20-year-old Brazilian Luiz, who joined from Vasco da Gama in a £10 million move last summer.
"Yes, we were close but in the end Jorginho made a decision to stay with Sarri", Guardiola said. "I am so happy he came here". Can Sarri get Chelsea off to a winning start, and can Jorginho shine on his Chelsea debut?
'I talk with the club about the market but only one or maybe two times, not more. "I spoke about positions and characteristics but no names", Sarri told reporters on Friday. "We are going to try and convince the federation or the guys who decide the work permit to allow him to stay because I think he has potential to play and improve with us".
The Community Shield is the traditional curtain-raiser on the English season and, though it is not often held to the highest level of importance, it is something that Guardiola wants to win.
And keeping Chelsea's leading talents is the priority.
While neither side will be at full strength due to the hangover of the World Cup, take a look at our top three Chelsea vs Man City predictions below. "I think he's the best coach in the world, or one of the best for sure", Sarri added. It was a very positive conversation. "There is not a Willian problem".
The transfer window shuts before then, next Thursday, with Chelsea looking to keep hold of the likes of Willian and Thibaut Courtois before then - the pair having been subject to recent interest from Real Madrid. Meanwhile, FA Cup-holders Chelsea are starting the campaign under another new manager in Maurizio Sarri.
In each of the past two Community Shield matches, new signings have scored, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic netting for Manchester United against Leicester City in 2016 and Sead Kolasinac doing likewise for Arsenal previous year.
For Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a minor knee injury.