The Barcelona midfielder has more to offer English clubs than his outstanding footballing ability.
After Chelsea released several homegrown players at the end of last season, it must be a necessity for Jose Mourinho's team to be on the lookout for class additions that qualify as homegrown in the Premier League and Champions league.
While high profile players such as Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard are notable departures, the likes of fringe players Sam Hutchinson leaving also drive down the club's number of players that have spent significant enough time playing in England as a youth to be seen as home-grown.
Earlier in the week, Manchester City were said to be considering Cesc Fabregas for this exact same reason, and with Chelsea still the favourites to bring the former Gunners captain back to England from the Premier League, it will be interesting to see whether any business will be done before the World Cup starts.
Presently Arsenal have no such problems with the amount of domestically developed players in their squad, with several British players in their midst. They are also well stocked in the attacking midfield positions, with the emergence of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere.
But both Chelsea and Manchester City are low with such players, and have or are reportedly set to offload further players brought up at English clubs. Despite having promising players in their academies (they contested the Premier League Under-21 final last month), they are yet to successfully strengthen their first team squad through internal promotion, still preferring to invest in expensive additions from abroad.
The homegrown player rule ensures any top class player, British or non-British, that qualifies as homegrown is of significant value to the top Premier League clubs.
Signing one like Spanish international and World Cup winner Fabregas, for only £5 million more than has been reported for Adam Lallana, would be the most sensible piece of business Jose Mourinho could do all summer.