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Antonio Conte's sacking should speed up Leeds United's bid for Jamal Blackman

Jamal Blackman of Sheffield United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers at Bramall Lane on February 20, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

Leeds United are reportedly keen on Chelsea's Jamal Blackman.

Chelsea FC team manager Antonio Conte looks during the International Champions Cup match between Chelsea FC and FC Bayern Munich at National Stadium on July 25, 2017 in Singapore.

Chelsea have today finally confirmed that manager Antonio Conte has been sacked – and that may just be a boost for Leeds United this summer.

The Blues have long been expected to sack Conte and replace him with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, and that move looks imminent after the club confirmed Conte's exit earlier today.

Chelsea are now expected to be more active in the transfer market both in and out of the club, and Leeds United are looking to strike a second deal with the Blues.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds are pushing for the signature of goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, in the hope of landing the Chelsea talent on a season-long loan deal.

The 24-year-old, who featured on loan for Sheffield United last season, stands at a huge 6ft 6in, and could be the goalkeeper Leeds are looking for having offloaded both Felix Wiedwald and Andrew Lonergan this summer.

A deal for Blackman has stalled in recent days though, and that may have something to do with talks over Conte's exit, with the Yorkshire Evening Post's Phil Hay suggesting as such earlier this week.

Sheffield United's English goalkeeper Jamal Blackman (C) saves a challenge from Leicester City's English defender Harry Maguire during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between...

Now, with Conte gone and Sarri set to arrive, Leeds' pursuit of Blackman may be about to speed up, as the Whites' move has come at a difficult time for Chelsea.

If Blackman does now complete his move in the coming days, he will be reuniting with fellow Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker, and Leeds will hope that with Conte out of the way, the path for Blackman to head to Elland Road is clear.

Jamal Blackman of Sheffield United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers at Bramall Lane on February 20, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

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