Transfer News: Chelsea to Make $105m Bid for Robert Lewandowski and Could Keep Eden Hazard

Robert Lewandowski before the World Cup match between Japan and Poland at Volgograd Arena on June 28, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. The Pole has been linked with a move to Chelsea. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Calendars have finally turned to August, which means Premier League clubs have eight days left to sign players before the transfer deadline.

Here, Newsweek guides you through all the rumors and gossip swirling around the league.

Let's begin with Chelsea, who look increasingly like a club running out of time. The Blues only appointed Maurizio Sarri a few weeks and the Italian faces a race against time to bolster his squad.

According to the Independent, Sarri's plans to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic have been dealt a blow, after the Serbia international hinted he would rather stay in Italy even though he's flattered by Chelsea's interest.

The Blues are also still looking for a striker and have turned their attention towards Robert Lewandowski, given Gonzalo Higuain is on the verge of joining AC Milan. The Daily Star claims Chelsea will go all out to sign the $105million-rated Pole this summer, but face competition from Real Madrid, who remain in the market for a star signing after selling Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this summer.

If signings are proving hard to come, Sarri can take solace in the knowledge Eden Hazard could be persuaded to remain at Stamford Bridge if N'Golo Kante signs a new-long term deal. Paris Saint-Germain are interested in bringing the midfielder back to France but, according to The Times, Chelsea are prepared to offer him a new deal worth a staggering $380,000-a-week.

That, the London Evening Standard claims, would be a strong statement of intent from Chelsea and would be enough to convince Hazard to turn down Real Madrid's attention and remain in west London.

While the Spanish giants remain hopeful of signing the Belgian, they could lose Luka Modric to Inter Milan. According to Sky in Italy, the Croatian, who was named the best player at the World Cup last month, is open to the switch but Real are understandably reluctant to let him go after already losing Ronaldo this summer.

Speaking of Real, their former manager could soon be heading to England. The Sun claims Manchester United will bring in Zinedine Zidane to replace Jose Mourinho, if the latter fails to see out the remaining two years of his contract.

Zidane left his post in June after winning the Champions League in three consecutive seasons and it seems highly unlikely he would take the job, given he admitted the pressure of delivering constant success had taken its toll on him.

For now, Mourinho remains in charge. The Portuguese vented his frustration at the lack of signing earlier this week and ESPN reported he met with United's executive vice chairman Ed Woodward in Miami on Tuesday night, ahead of United's 2-1 win over Real Madrid in their last friendly in the U.S.

Ed Woodward and Jose Mourinho talking after Man United’s win in Miami. Lots to discuss?

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 1, 2018

Elsewhere, Sky Sports claims Barcelona are considering a surprising move for Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. The Belgian has fallen behind Alisson and Loris Karius in the pecking order and the Catalans could soon need a replacement for their second-choice goalkeeper, Jasper Cillessen.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph suggests Karius could also be heading for the exit door, amid interest from Bayer Leverkusen, who are looking for a goalkeeper after selling Bernd Leno to Arsenal.

Finally, The Times reports Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on the signing of Aston Villa star Jack Grealish for a fee of around $26 million.