But it is Sterling's long-term status Guardiola wants resolved.
"In England there are no release clauses, you have to negotiate for the club".
Although he did not cite any specific countries, Guardiola said he enjoyed living overseas.
"When Jorge Valdano (interviewer) asked me about selling (De Bruyne) for £250 million, I say no, but it's my personal opinion". Sometimes these kind of thing needs their own time. I expect we will be successful and spend less next season.
Belgium global De Bruyne signed a bumper extension running until June 2023 back in June and Sterling is reported to want pay parity with his team-mate. He was so professional last season and he had competition as well because Sterling could play in that position on the left.
In January, Manchester City's 473.4m revenues for the previous season meant the club consolidated its fifth spot in Deloitte Football Money League.
De Bruyne has managed just one appearance so far this season and it now out for three months following a knee injury picked up in training.
And Guardiola remains hopeful of having De Bruyne back before the end of the year. "His body language is the same as last season and he was the best young player in the league", Guardiola said.
The former Genk and Chelsea player is expected to be out of action for around two months with his injury. "He's going well in this perspective".
Can someone please go and let the Premier League, the FA, UEFA, FIFA and the Court for Arbitration of Sport no about this please and help get the title taken off of City.