Revs strikers Caraglio, Lekic likely won't return

Milton Caraglio of the New England Revolution

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It appears New England strikers Milton Caraglio and Rajko Lekic will ply their trades elsewhere in 2012.

Recent reports have indicated that both players will move to new clubs in South America and Europe, respectively.

Caraglio has reached a deal with Chilean first-division side Rangers de Talca, according to Radio Cooperativa in Chile. The mooted free transfer switch comes after the Revolution declined an option to acquire their former Designated Player after the conclusion of his loan spell from Argentine side Rosario Central.

New England general manager Michael Burns said after the season that the Revs would continue to talk with Caraglio's representative about a potential return to Gillette Stadium. Those discussions included a chat on Tuesday morning in the wake of the news out of Chile over the past few days.

“To the best of my knowledge, the reports are untrue [as of this moment], but it is looking very, very likely that he will sign a deal elsewhere,” Burns told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday afternoon.

Caraglio's imminent departure compounds the problems presented by Lekic's recent public proclamations about his murky future in New England.

Lekic told examiner.com on Monday that he wanted to return to the Revolution in 2012, but he did not plan to accept the club's offer of a semi-guaranteed deal for next season and would weigh options inside and outside of MLS as he attempted to secure a new contract.

Burns did not delve into specifics about the current status of negotiations with Lekic, but he said the Revs continue to speak with the agents for Lekic and midfielder Monsef Zerka about potential deals for the next campaign.