Leeds hopes of Jamal Blackman permanent deal helped by Chelsea's £71m Kepa Arrizabalaga move

Jamal Blackman #46 of Chelsea warms up before the match against the New York Red Bulls during the International Champions Cup at Red Bull Arena on July 22, 2015 in Harrison, New Jersey.

Leeds boosted by Chelsea's transfer activity.

Kepa Arrizabalaga of Athletic Club reacts during the La Liga match between Athletic Club and Real Madrid at Estadio de San Mames on December 2, 2017 in Bilbao, Spain.

Chelsea's world record transfer for Kepa Arrizabalaga could keep a door firmly open for Leeds United at the end of this season.

The Whites signed Chelsea youngster Jamal Blackman on a loan deal earlier this summer and he is competing with Bailey Peacock-Farrell for the number one spot.

 

Blackman is the more experienced of the two and is expected to win the battle for the first team jersey.

If he can do enough to warrant Leeds wanting to sign him permanently at the end of the season, then the Whites have been helped out by Chelsea's £71 million investment.

Jamal Blackman #46 of Chelsea warms up before the match against the New York Red Bulls during the International Champions Cup at Red Bull Arena on July 22, 2015 in Harrison, New Jersey.

Chelsea paid Marcelo Bielsa's former club Athletic Bilbao £71 million for Arrizabalaga, the most expensive fee ever for a goalkeeper.

Arrizabalaga, 23, is one year younger than Jamal Blackman and will go straight into the Chelsea first team.

The Blues have Willy Caballero and Rob Green backing up Arrizabalaga, neither long term options, but the fact Blackman isn't been given a chance even to compete, says a lot in itself.

He is playing for his future at Leeds, and if they decide they want him, luring Chelsea into a sale has probably become a bit easier.

Sheffield United's English goalkeeper Jamal Blackman saves a shot from Leicester City's Spanish midfielder Vicente Iborra during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between...

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