CHELSEA owner Roman Abramovich could have his assets seized as Britain takes revenge on Russia.
The club’s billionaire owner is among dozens of tycoons set to be targeted following the Salisbury poisonings.
It comes after two Russian spies were named prime suspects in the Novichok attack.
The move could spark the sale of the Premier League giants if Mr Abramovich decides to move his fortune abroad.
Under new rules, foreigners can be made to prove how assets held here were funded, or have them confiscated.
MPs reckon most will simply quit Britain rather than expose their finances to intense scrutiny.
Whitehall officials said the National Crime Agency could target “more than 100” foreigners with “unexplained wealth orders”.
Most will be Russian. Earlier this week, Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were accused of being behind the Novichok attack on double agent Sergei Skripal’s and daughter Yulia.
Both survived but Dawn Sturgess, 44, died two months later after coming into contact with the nerve agent.
A Whitehall source said Britain would now engage in “civilised retaliation” against Russia.
They added: “There is a lot going on that the public can’t see in terms of visas and investigations into individuals’ wealth. People might have noticed that Roman Abramovich isn’t in the country any more.”
Mr Abramovich, who is reportedly a close friend of Russian president Vladimir Putin, did not have his UK visa renewed when it ran out in May.
He has since withdrawn his application.
The football boss has instead adopted Israeli citizenship, which allows him to visit Britain.
Last month, it was reported he had hired an investment bank to review Chelsea’s finances.
Last night, a source close to the club insisted it was not for sale. A spokesman for Mr Abramovich declined to comment.