​Manchester City have been cleared to play Welsh whizkid Rabbi Matondo, after landing the talented youngster for a fee believed to be worth around £500,000 from Championship side Cardiff City, according to the Sun.

The 16-year-old forward is considered to be one of the brightest young prospects in Welsh football, and was recently named on the subs’ bench for City in an academy match against Middlesbrough. The teenager was expected to make the move earlier in the season but has only just been cleared to play.

The Wales U17 international is rated highly by national team boss Chris Coleman, and it is thought that Coleman played an important role in ensuring Matondo wasn't snapped up by England. 

The starlet's decision to play for the Dragons follows in the footsteps of Ryan Giggs - the Wales legend played for England at U15 level before opting for a switch of allegiance at U17. He is considered to be the best to come through the ranks at Cardiff since current Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

It was rumoured that Matondo was also on the radar of Premier League leaders Chelsea. However, rivals City managed to beat the London based club to the hotly tipped youngster's signature.

City boss Pep Guardiola has been investing heavily in young talent since his arrival at the Etihad in the summer. The Spanish manager has previously captured promising youngsters Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus. 

Guardiola has attempted to lower the average age of his squad this season and that seems to be a priority of his as he looks to build for the future. City recently paid a record £175,000 fee to sign 13-year-old wonderkid Finley Burns from Southend United.