I've noticed recently more and more talk linking Arsenal with Nicolas N'koulou. I live in Canada and my girlfriend is French Canadian so I spend a fair bit of time watching French football. Thought I'd share my opinion...
So who is he?
Well he is a centre back or defensive midfielder currently playing in Ligue 1 for Marseille. He is about 6" tall and a very strong physical player who is also quick with excellent stamina and decent in the air.
He has just turned 23 and has already racked up 38 caps for Cameroon.
The main reason he stands out is that he is fantastic on the ball for a defender. He is calm, composed and has excellent technique. Very much in the Arsenal / Barcelona mould but the exciting thing is that he has the physicality to back that up. For a youngster he is also clearly a very intelligent footballer, his positioning is excellent and he reads attackers very well.
Personally I'd play him as physical, defensive midfielder. In our system that'd be sitting alongside Arteta or Ramsey, in behind Wilshere, and dropping back between the centre backs when the full backs go forward.
He'd probably be worth £15-20m but Marseille have financial problems so probably £12-16m.
Here's a youtube clip: