Arsene Wenger continues to find both his Arsenal future and that of captain Thierry Henry subject to uncertainty, with Real Madrid's president claiming the Gunners boss is on their shortlist of targets should Fabio Capello leave the Bernabeu.
With pre-season training soon set to start in earnest ahead of the Emirates Cup in late July, there remain several key issues to be ironed out within the Arsenal camp.
Henry, already back at the club for extra fitness work following his long injury lay-off, has yet to officially confirm whether or not he will be playing for the Gunners next season.
Reports from Spain suggest negotiations with Barcelona are at an advanced stage, with a fee of around £15million said to be on the table for the 29-year-old World Cup winner.
Central to Arsenal’s hopes of retaining the most influential player in their history will be whether Wenger can convince the striker the current squad can deliver trophies again – a point stressed earlier this week by former captain Patrick Vieira, who left for Juventus in 2005.
Wenger still has a season left of his current contract, and the board are naturally keen to agree an extension as soon as possible.
However, with continued speculation over whether the 57-year-old Frenchman will look to finish the work he started back at Highbury a decade ago, Real Madrid again seem ready to try to temp Wenger to Spain.
Capello – who still has two years on his contract – led Madrid to their first title in four years – but that has not stopped speculation he could leave the club.
Calderon said: “[Sporting director Predrag] Mijatovic has spoken to me about [Michael] Laudrup, [Ronald] Koeman and Wenger, among others.”
Mijatovic will be central to any decision, with the club likely to announce early next week whether there will be a change in the dugout.
“We are waiting on the report from the club’s sporting department,” Calderon continued.
“They will make recommendations as to whether Capello should continue as coach. We will decide on Monday or Tuesday.”
Wenger, meanwhile, hopes to soon be able to appoint a new director of football to share the workload of transfer dealings, which have increased on the Arsenal manager since the shock departure of David Dein towards the end of last season.
Reading’s Nicky Hammond had been linked with the position, but former Arsenal player Gilles Grimandi, current working as a scout for the Gunners in France, is now understood to be a front runner.
Wenger continued reshaping his squad yesterday with the sale of striker Jeremie Aliadiere to Middlesbrough for £2m.
The 24-year-old admitted he had become frustrated at being only a bit-part player, despite having seen more first-team action with Arsenal last season.