The clubs want the right to insist that when a player has a year remaining on his contract, he must accept a transfer to another, equally competitive club that guarantees the same financial treatment and status.
They propose that if the player does not agree to move he must instead come to a deal over his contract with his current employers.
The players' association has threatened to strike several times recently over a variety of disputes but it has always previously stepped back from the brink or come to an agreement with club bosses.
Serie A broke away from the rest of the Italian league at the start of this term, with club bosses vowing to run things their way as they attempt to maximise the commercial potential of the Italian top flight.
The club bosses say they will propose a new collective deal to the players on Monday.
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