FIFA agent Giacomo Petralito has revealed that Juventus' Edin Dzeko deal collapsed due to Serie A regulations.
Italian clubs can only sign one non-EU player from abroad per season and Juventus have already done so with last August's capture of Milos Krasic. Therefore, Dzeko wouldn't be able to join the Vecchia Signora until next summer.
The prolific hitman no longer wanted to wait though and will now move to Manchester City instead, despite already having agreed terms with Juventus.
"Juventus could have signed Dzeko, but he didn't want to wait until June. The clubs had already reached an agreement that Dzeko would be allowed to move in January, but the absurd rules of the Italian FA prevented the move from happening," said Petralito to Tuttosport.
"Dzeko was really interested in moving to Italy, but unfortunately Italy doesn't like the idea of having world class players in Serie A. By having this absurd non-EU rule, Italy is only damaging its own league."