Report: Chelsea demand 7-figure fee as Sheffield United target permanent Blackman deal

Chris Wilder, Manager of Sheffield United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers at Bramall Lane on February 20, 2018 in...

The Chelsea goalkeeper is currently on loan at Sheffield United.

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...

Sheffield United would have to spend more money on Jamal Blackman than they have on any player since January 2015, should they wish to sign the Chelsea goalkeeper on a permanent basis this summer - at least according to the Daily Mirror.

The newspaper reports on page 49 of its printed edition on Tuesday that Chelsea want £1.5 million before they sanction Blackman's exit - around £500,000 less than the Blades are said to have paid for their former right-back John Brayford.

John Brayford of Sheffield United celebrates scoring their second goal during the FA Cup Quarter-Final match at Bramall Lane on March 9, 2014 in Sheffield, England.

Blackman has impressed since seizing back his place from Simon Moore at the start of February, and had Sheffield United fans clamouring for his return on a full-time deal after last Tuesday's 2-0 win against Burton Albion.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield on Thursday, manager Chris Wilder revealed it is something the Blades - who remain in contention for a Championship play-off place - will consider later down the line.

"Jamal’s doing great and we’ve just said we’ll assess it at the end of the season," he said. "What happens next year, there’s still things going on now, we’re trying to start the ball rolling, and obviously Jamal will come under that consideration with hopefully the big end to the season that he has.

Chris Wilder, Manager of Sheffield United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers at Bramall Lane on February 20, 2018 in...

"I’m sure if you ask him he’s enjoyed it and he still is enjoying it."

Blackman has played 29 times since his July move to Sheffield United, following loan spells at Middlesbrough, Ostersunds FK and Wycombe Wanderers.

The Chelsea academy product has yet to make a senior appearance for the Blues, although he did sign a new four-year contract ahead of his departure for Bramall Lane.

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