It has been awhile since we saw the proposed Renault and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) merger on the headlines, but here it is again, two months after FCA withdrew the merger offer.

From day one, the merger was quite a hard one to pull off, as it also involved a third party – Nissan, Renault’s long-time Japanese partner which held a grudge. The Franco-Japanese marriage has been on the rocks even before the FCA merger talks, mostly due to lopsided cross-shareholding – Nissan owns just a 15% stake in Renault, but is majority 43.4% owned by Renault. The French government – which has 15% stake and big say in Renault – wanted Nissan’s full buy in, and has been publicly named as the scapegoat. More on the family drama here.

Now, the Wall Street Journal has reported that Nissan and Renault are trying to reach a deal to reshape the alliance, in hopes of reviving Renault’s merger talks with FCA. The Yokohama-based carmaker wants Renault to reduce its big stake, according to emails seen by WSJ and people briefed on the talks.

Apparently, these discussions, which are at an early stage, started soon after the potential deal between Renault and FCA collapsed. Talks could extend until the end of the year, it added. The negotiations could lead to an initial memorandum of understanding on restructuring as early as September, the US business daily reported, citing emails it saw.

This latest update isn’t much of a surprise, as Renault’s majority stake in Nissan has long been a point of contention. Ex-Alliance supremo Carlos Ghosn attempted further integration in the form of a full merger proposal, and paid the price for it, so to speak – he has since been ousted by Nissan and faces criminal charges in Japan.

“We want a win-win relationship with Renault. The alliance has been successful until now because we have respected each others’ independence. If necessary, we will put our capital structure on the table. If the relationship becomes a win-lose one, the relationship will break up very quickly,” Nissan CEO Hiroko Saikawa said in June, stressing on equality.

Fundamental problems in a marriage – not an easy thing to solve without breaking up.