The hosts enjoyed the majority of early possession and came close to taking the lead when Bernardo Silva's deflected effort rippled the side netting in the 15th minute, before De Bruyne forced visiting keeper Frank Fielding into a sharp save.
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Manchester City have been expected to move for Alexis Sanchez this January but the news now is that the Premier League leaders don't want to spend more than £20 million on him whilst Arsenal want £35 million. He's in the end of his career, so if next summer we buy a midfield player, it's not to improve our squad, it's to replace Michael Carrick.
The 32-year-old has played a key role for City this season, but it has been suggested that Guardiola is wary over the amount of games that the central midfielder has competed in since August.
The player has impressed in Ukraine under Paulo Fonseca and also impressed when the side faced City in the Champions League.
The Brazilian had initially been ruled out for 4-6 weeks with the knee ligament injury he picked up against Crystal Palace on New Year's Eve.
Jupp Heynckes has led Bayern to 15 wins from 16 games across all competitions since returning as coach, the only blemish being a loss at Borussia Moenchengladbach.
By Steve Douglas in Manchester.
His current contract with Shakthar runs to 2021.
The goalkeeper atoned a few short minutes later with a pass that initiated the equaliser.
Second-place Atletico Madrid, nine points off the lead, is at Eibar on Saturday.
If the player has the same effect that Fernandinho has on the Man City side, he would certainly be worth the money. Johnson's visitors lost their counter-attacking edge from the first half and looked a little shakier at the back to boot, but without a natural, recognised striker to call on, Manchester City's attack still seemed blunt.
The Argentine's introduction eventually had the desired effect as stoppage time approached.
"As a manager, you have a lot of worlds to deal with and you have to choose which one you are going to focus on".
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