Vodafone has expressed initial interest in selling its minority stake in Polish mobile operator Polkomtel, which could put the entire company on the market later this year, chief executives of the operator’s two Polish shareholders said. “There’s initial interest from Vodafone,” Tomasz Zadroga, head of Polish utility PGE, told reporters when asked if the British company would join the divestment plan by Polish shareholders. “It’s probable that 100 percent of Polkomtel will be on the market.” The comment confirmed an earlier statement by Jacek Krawiec, CEO of oil refiner PKN Orlen, who told daily Rzeczpospolita in an interview that Vodafone could join the Polish shareholders in the sale that could be worth PLN 16 billion. Vodafone declined to comment on the statements, Dow Jones reported. The executives of PGE and PKN Orlen said the sale of Polkomtel should begin in the autumn and be completed in the first half of 2011. PGE holds a 21.85 percent stake in Polkomtel. PKN Orlen and copper miner KGHM Polska Miedz each hold 24.39 percent. Coal miner Weglokoks holds a 5 percent stake in Polkomtel. The four companies are state-controlled. Vodafone holds 24.39 percent of the firm. Some of the world’s largest private equity buy-out funds are interested in the sale of Polkomtel, two people familiar with the matter told Dow Jones. An information memorandum should be circulated by the end of August, or perhaps even sooner, with a closing potentially in 2010 or the first quarter of 2011, one person said