“SAP” chases Carlos Tevez (indirectly)

Below is a sports related story for SAP. We all knew SAP was an all encompassing company but now it’s taking on Manchester United. After what I thought was a great performance from Carlos Tevez yesterday against Tottenham it appears he is being chased by SAP, well at least by one of the original five founders of SAP, Dietmar Hopp, for his team TSG Hoffenheim. Dietmar, according to Forbes, is the 698th richest person in the world.
25 January 2009
Transfer news: TSG Hoffenheim target Carlos Tevez
By Steve Bates

Carlos Tevez is attracting the interest of surprise Bundesliga leaders TSG Hoffenheim – the club backed by computer software billionaire Dietmar Hopp.

I understand advisors working on behalf of Hopp have contacted Kia Joorabchian, the Iranian businessman who owns Tevez and who is locked in stalled talks with Manchester United over the future of the Argentina striker.

Hopp is German football’s Roman Abramovich – and he is desperate to raise Hoffenheim’s profile even further.

The computer mogul, who owns software firm SAP, is pumping millions into his local club – and he sees the signing of Tevez as a huge step forward for Hoffenheim who are on course for a Champions League place next season. 

Talks between Joorabchian and United chief executive David Gill have broken down, with Old Trafford sources claiming Tevez’s agent is asking for silly amounts of cash to release the South American star from his third party agreement with MSI – the company which effectively ‘owns’ Tevez. 

Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Manchester City are also ready to pounce but Tevez has said he wants to stay at United.

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