Chelsea chief Arnesen insists youth transfer policy begins in London area

Chelsea insist their policy for youth player recruitment is based around London, in accordance with Football Association regulations.

Setting out his role as "a headhunter around the world" at a Leaders in Football conference last year, Chelsea's head of player recruitment, Frank Arnesen, explained self-imposed age limits on overseas acquisitions.

"London is our first aim for seven to 12-year-olds," said Arnesen. "At 12-14 we go a little bit further but still London, for 14-16 it's around the UK and at 16-18 it's the European Union. At 18-plus, it's the rest of the world."

Chelsea have been banned until January 2011 from signing players by FIFA after their capture of Gael Kakuta from Lens.