Liverpool yesterday took a hardline approach with the Uruguay hitman ordering him to train away from the first team.

They are furious at Suarez for his public outburst where he claimed the Anfield side had broken their word - and breached his contract - by not letting him go.

He insisted Liverpool agreed to let him leave if they did not reach the Champions League and a bid over £40m came in.

Suarez also said he would take his case to the Premier League after the Gunners bid £40m plus a pound a fortnight ago having initially offered £35m. But Starsport understands the Gunners are prepared to pay more than the £50m Liverpool received from Chelsea for Fernando Torres in January 2011.

Boss Arsene Wenger is well aware a wrangle over the wording of the contract is sure to involve lawyers and could run on for months - ensuring they do not get their man in this transfer window which closes on September 2. Yesterday Wenger admitted the club's pursuit of Suarez was on hold.

"At the moment the situation is on standby" he said.

"I really don't know what will be decided by Liverpool that's for sure."