By Martin Morris
German magazine says as many as three rival offers to Qatar plan may be submitted.
German magazine Focus reported on Saturday that three more bidders are interested in taking a stake in German sports car maker Porsche, rivaling investment plans by Qatar.In an advance release of remarks due to be published on Monday, the magazine said without citing sources that a Chinese and a Russian sovereign wealth fund as well as a hedge fund were interested.
A Porsche spokesman declined to comment on the report.
Sources told Reuters on Friday the owners were set to discuss an investment by Qatar in the next two weeks and a decision may come even before Volkswagen's supervisory board meeting on July 15.
Porsche, which ran-up 9 billion euros ($12.5 billion) worth of debt following an aborted attempt to acquire 75 percent of Volkswagen AG votes, has since been looking to rescue itself by uniting with its cash-rich subsidiary, in which it has a 51 percent stake.
A successful investment from Qatar could strengthen Porsche Chief Executive Wendelin Wiedeking's negotiating hand as he tries to strike a deal with VW.
Without it Porsche will struggle to prop up its finances and may have little choice but to yield to a reverse takeover from VW, Europe's biggest carmaker.