According to the Telegraph, the Portuguese coach has told chairman Daniel Levy that he doesn't need to break the bank in order to bring silverware to the north London club.
And in his introductory press conference on Thursday, Mourinho expressed his admiration for the squad he has just inherited.
“I told them that one of the reasons why I decided to come [to Spurs] was them,” he said.
“I tried to buy some of them for different clubs and I couldn’t. Some of them I didn’t even try because you know how impossible it is."
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However, this is Mourinho we're talking about. The 56-year-old spent more than £350 million during his two-and-a-half year stint in charge of Manchester United, and still wasn't happy with his squad by the end of it.
And he's already been linked with new additions at Spurs.
Reunited with Zlatan?
Ibrahimovic worked with Mourinho at Man United and is available after leaving LA Galaxy.
The Swedish striker, 38, maintains a good relationship with Mourinho - and respects him immensely.
"We still stay in touch, he had an incredible impact on my career," Ibrahimovic told La Gazzetta dello Sport in October. "He is still the Special One - a winner."
Ibrahimovic has been linked with a return to Italy after his two-year spell with LA Galaxy came to an end.
Italian sources say his agent, Mino Raiola, met with Serie A club AC Milan on Wednesday about a proposed move.
But Ibrahimovic's wages could reportedly be a stumbling block.
Spurs are unlikely to want to damage their pay structure to sign Ibrahimovic but there is interest following Mourinho's arrival.
The Premier League club haven't replaced Fernando Llorente, leaving Harry Kane as their lone striker.
And Ibrahimovic, who netted 28 goals in 46 appearances for Man United, would be a class addition.News Now - Sport News